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Dr. John Bbll, 

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This History had its origin in a conversation with the late 
N. B. Felton, Esq., who was much interested in having the 
history of the Town written, and suggested that I undertake 
the work. At first declined, but at last a multituae of facts 
*-and miscellaneous material having incidentally accumulated, 
I concluded about five years ago to undertake the work in 
earnest. The labor and expense have both been large, yet I 
do not regret having preserved in permanent form the his- 
■ tory of the Town which in interest in many respects is the 
most historic of any town north and west of Concord. 

I have availed myself of all sources of knowledge which 
were within reach. The Town and Proprietors' Records, 
Town Papers and State Papers, Records of Vermont Gover- 
nor and Council, State Histories, private records, files of 
papers, and whatever could throw light upon the history of 
the Town ; and I trust the record as now produced will be 
found trustworthy, though minor errors of date and in names 
have unavoidably escaped notice in some cases. I have not 
encumbered the pages with citation of authorities. 

Several of the chapters are entirely biographical, which 
have been made quite full on the theory that a few leading 
and enterprising minds of every community make its history 
very largely. Much genealogy appears in these pages, but 
it is merely incidental to the general history, and in no case 
has completeness been aimed at in this respect. The His- 
tory is not a genealogical work. 

I have been greatly aided in many matters by others. To 
the late Hon. Samuel Swasey of Belvidere, III., and Hon. 
Nathaniel Wilson of Orono, Me., for a mass of information 
which w^as kindly communicated. To the late Hosea E. 
Baker and Miss Eliza Cross for much early traditional mat- 


ter. To Hon. A. B. Thompson, Secretary of State, Isaac 
W. Hammond, M. D. librarian of New Hampshire Histori- 
cal Society; Hon. A. S. Batchellor of Littleton; Gen. A. 
Harleigh Hill, author of Early Settlers of Groton, Vt. ; 
Hon. Hiram Huse, state librarian, Vt. ; J. J. Hazen, M. 
D., York, Me. ; Henry K. Elkins of Chicago ; Prof. Lewis 
Pollens, librarian of Dartmouth College ; Rev. Henry A. 
Hazen of Boston, and others, for favors. Also to Ex-Gov. 
Charles H. Bell of Exeter for important papers on the early 
lawyers of Haverhill ; to Phineas Spalding, M. D., for a 
like service in regard to some of the doctors, and to Charles 
B. Griswold, clerk of the court, for court matters. 

I also am greatly indebted to Lieut. James A. Page for 
so complete a list of the names of soldiers vvlio served in the 
War of the Rebellion, and for the information which is at- 
tached to many names ; to the Town authorities for access to 
Town Records and papers, and especially to Town clerk, E. 
R. Weeks for his uniform M'illingness to aid the work ; and 
-last but not least to my neighbor, Mr. John Piatt, for carry- 
ing me to various localities to inspect historic points. 

The work is necessarily imperfect in some respects, the 
records outside the Town and Proprietors' Records are 
meager, and the time, 120 years, intervening between the 
foundation of the Town and the date of gathering material 
so great, that much that would have enhanced the value of 
the work, had passed beyond recovery. The work was un- 
dertaken none too soon, as all the older persons living and 
familiar with the earlier traditions of the Town, when I be- 
gan the work, have answered the roll-call to a new Empire. 

J. Q. B. 

Haverhill, N. H., 1888. 


CHAPTER I. 17-19 


Author's aim — Early material imperfect — Official acts supplemented 
by tradition, conversations, and family records — Energj"^, cour- 
age, and perseverance of the founders — Changes in life and 

CHAPTER II. 20-28 


Xame — Extent and value of farm products — Boundaries — Scenery — 
Area — Population — Villages — Mountains — Rivers and Streams — 
Ponds — Islands— Geology, Soil, and Minerals — Water-power— 

CHAPTP:R III. 29-34 


Early reports about it from hunters, trappers, and returned soldiers 
— Plan to explore and take possession of the Couutr}' — A doubt 
— Project failed — An event that led to a careful survey — A new 
route — The expedition of 1753 — Capt. Power's scouting party, 
17.i4 — Missions of the Powers and I-ovewell parties. 

CHAPTER IV. 35-41 


Influx of population— The Charter — Names of Grantees — Four di^i- 
sions — House lots — Privileged "pitchers" — Govej-nor Wentworth's 
"right" — Drawing — Numbering — Names of meadows — Grnntops 
common to Newbury and Haverhill — Gen. Jacob Bailey — Col. 
Jacob Kent — Gen. Moses Ilazen. 


CHAPTER V. 42-56 


Two remarkable men — Michael Johnston and John Pattie the first set- 
tlers, 1761 — Wintered at Ox Bow — Indians then in possession — 
Johnston and Pattie return to No. 4 — A tragic end — Capt. Hazen 
comes to Cohos in 1762 with men and material for saw-mill and 
grist-mill — Leading position — Death — Moses Hazen and John 
Hazen confounded — William Hazen — Joshua Howard — Jessie 
Harriman — Simeon Stevens — Thomas Johnson — Col. Timothy 
Bedel and family — Capt. John Page and family — First Marriage — 
First Familj' — First Birth — First Death — Morse Meadow. 

CHAPTER VI. 57-108 


Charter and energy of the men — Their ti-aining and education — Rapid 
settlement — Jesse Johnson — John White— ^James Bailey — ^Elisha 
Lock — Jonathan Sanders — James Woodward — Uriah Stone — 
Jonathan Elkins — John Taplin — Ezekiel Ladd — Moses Little — 
Haywards — Timothy Barron — James Abbott — William Eastman 
John Hurd — Maxi Hazeltine — Joseph Hutchins — Simeon Goodwin 
— Jonathan Hale — Thomas Simpson — Ephraim Wesson — Charles 
Johnston — Asa Porter — William Porter — Andrew S. Crocker — 
Nathaniel Merrill — ^William Merrill — Joseph Pearson — Samuel 
Brooks — The Morses — Joseph Bliss — Joshua Young — Amos 
Kimball— William Cross— John Osgood — The Carrs — The Swans 
— Obadiah Swasey — Moor Bussell — The Gookins — Asa Boynton 
— John Montgomery — Boss Coon — Glazier Wheeler — Parker 
Stevens — William Tarleton. 

CHAPTER VH. 109-149 


Division-line between early and late Settlers— Elver and back Settle- 
ments — Briar Hill — Along Oliverian — East Haverhill — AVoods- 
ville — Biographical Sketches — Noyses — Websters — Barstows — A 
character — Wilsons — To wles — Ephraim Kingsbury — Merrills — 
Timothj' A. Edson — Bells — Noah Davis — Morses — Chester Far- 
man — Perley Ayer — The Jeffers — Timothy Wilmot — Michael 
Carleton — Woodwards — Hosea S. Baker — StClairs — The Pikes — 


Russell Kimball— James P. Brewer— Southards— Charles C. Kim- 
ball— Jos. B. Niles— Mansons— John McClary— Eixes— John L. 
Bunce—Stowes— Reding Brothers —Jonathan Nichols — William 
C. Marston-Hay wards— Warrens— Jonathan B. Eowell— Elliotts 
Timothy K. Blaisdell— Cuttings— Clarks— Salmon Fish— Smiths— 
Alonzo W. Putnam— Cumraings Brothers— Caleb Hunt— Jackson 
Brothers — Timothy R. Bacon — Daniel Batchelder — John Vose 
Bean— Bailey Brothers— Charles A. Gale— Darius K. Davis— Levi 
B. Ham— Currier Brothers— Augustus Whitney— The Stevenses— 
The Weekses— J. G. Blood— William H. Nelson— Joseph Powers 
— Meaders — Charles B. Oris wold— Andrew J. Edgerly — Caleb 
Wells— Charles H. Day— R. D. Tucker— Woodsville settlers. 



First Town and Pi'oprietors" Meeting — First Town Officers — Commit- 
tee of Survey— Laying out of Lots— Drawing Lots — First Annual 
Town meeting— First full List of Town Officers — Town Expenses 
— Pound Wages for Town Work — Record Book— Danger of Wild 
Animals — Small Town Expenses — First Treasurer — Deer Reaves 
— Grant of Mill Privilege — Taxes Abated — Care of Imbecile — 
Census — Burial Places — Law suit — Town meeting Places — Waif — 
First Town-order for Aid — Legal Tenders — First Vote for Con- 
gressman and Presidential Electors — First Representative — First 
Vote for Governor and State Senator — Troublesome Persons — 
Special Choice of Selectmen — Question of Conscience — Traveling 
on the Sabbath — Small Pox — Old Debt — Care of Poor. 

CHAPTER IX. 159-164 


Town in Relation to Condition of Country— War of 1812— Bounties 
for Soldiers — Small-pox— School Trouble— Town Farm — Town 
House — Fire Proof Vault — War of the Rebellion — Money Voted 
for Soldiers' Families— Bounties— Sum Total of Money Voted 
during the War for War Purposes — Funded Debt — Duty of Town 
to Needy Soldiers— Monument— Party Struggles— Character of 
Early Officers — A Memorable Contest — Improved Order. 


CHAPTEE X. 165-166 


Pioniinence in the Revolution — Geographical Position — Able Leaders 
— Compact — Cohos well known to Enemy — Col. .Johnston's Let- 
ter — Forts in the Upper Cohos — Eangers at Haverhill — Haverhill 
the Keudezvous for Troops and Scouting Parties — Character of 
the Eanger — Haverhill in constant Communication with Exeter 
and the Northern Army — Col. Wyman's Regiment — Pour Stock- 
ades — Alarm from Indians in 1776 — Retreat of our Army from 
St. Johns — Great consternation at Cohos — A Second Alarm in 
1777 — Again after the Fall of Ticonderoga — Military Road from 
Cohos to St. Johns — "Block Houses" — The Alarm of 1780 — Town 
Authorities wide-awake — Frequent votes of Powder, Lead and 
Fire-arms — Efficient Committee of Safety Men — Conferences with 
other Towns — Vigilant eyes on Home-enemies — The Conspiracy 
of Col. Porter and others — Strong feeling — Persons who were ob- 
noxious to the British — Rev. Peter Powers — Col. Johnson cap- 
tured — Gen. Bailey's Escape — Dea. Elkins' Alarm — Quotas of 
Beef and Flour — Ti-ansportation of Grain from Cohos prohibited — 
Money-Patriots — Disastrous effects of the War — Rapid increase 
of Town Expenses — Sale of Eights — Decrease of Population dur- 
ing the War. 

CHAPTER XI. 176-84 


First Saw-mill and Grist-mill — General Progress — Liberal Oifer for 
Blacksmith — First Saw-mill and Grist-mill at Hosmer Brook — 
Second Saw-mill — Other Mills — Fulling Mill — Side Light — Flax 
Mill — Water Power — Rafting Lumber — First Tannery — Cloth and 
(Jarding Mill— Potash Factory— Paper Mill— Other Mills and 
Shops— Pulp Mill— Swasey Mills— Other Factories and Shops— 
Woodsville Lumber Co.— Mai-ble Works— Other Enterprises— A. 
F. Pike Manufacturing Co. — Stores and other business at Corner, 
Morth Haverhill, East Haverhill, Pike Station, Woodsville. 

CHAPTER XH. 185-93 


Roads and Civilization— First Roads little more than Bridle-paths — 
First Ox-teani from Haverhill to Plymouth— Course of the Road 


— Eoad from Portsmouth to Cohos— First mention of Town Roads 
—Road from the "Plahi" to Coventry Hne, the Earliest Town 
Road— Ingress to Cohos— A Suggestive Vote— The Road from 
Plermont to Bath— Along the side-hill— The Oliverian Road- 
Highway Taxes and Labor— Public Ferry— County Road— Roads 
built before 1800— Roads extended and built as Population settled 
in Eastern part of Town— Character of Roads— Cohos Turnpike 
Corporators— Improvement in Roads— Room for further improve- 
ment-Permanent material— Grades— Road Engineers— Railroad 
—Canal— Bridges . 

CHAPTER XIII. 194-205 


Early Communication — First Mail — John Balch — State Routes — Pos- 
tage — Haverhill OflSce — National Mails — Dutch Mail Wagon — Col. 
Silas May — Post Horn — Express — Bi-weekly Mail — First stage 
line — William Smart — Second stage line — Robert Morse — First 
Trip — Col. Silas May driver — Entrance into Haverhill — Almost 
an Accident — Tri-weekly Mails ^ Daily — Extras — The Drivers 
— Hanover Route — Six-horse Coaches— Haverhill a great stage 
center — Travel — Stage Lines — Famous Drivers — Their Character 
— Responsible Positions — Some Successful Men — Drinking Habits 
— Taverns : Bliss', Coon's, Towle's, Exchange, Sinclair's, Second 
Coon tavern, earliest tavern, Richardson's, Ladd's, Howard's, 
Morse's, Cobleigh's, Swan's, Morse Hill tavern — A great thorough- 
fare — Teams and Teamsters — Provisions — Lodgings — Large Teams 
— Crouch Tavern — A famous hostelry — The old-time tavern 
Haverhill's stage-tavern — News Center — Bar room — Fire-place- 
Flip — Mental training — The Landlord. 

CHAPTER XIV. 206-216 


Early Education — School lots laid out — School money — Earliest 
School Districts and School Houses— Second Clags of School 
Houses — Re-districting — District Schools increase with popula- 
tion — Town system — First Board of Education — Town liberal in 
maintaining Schools— School Centres— The Corner and Woods- 
ville Schools— Dartmouth College Grant — Incidents Haverhill 


CHAPTEE XV. 217-236 


Religion and the founders — Eai-ly vote to call Eev. Peter Powers — 
Salary — Temporary preaching — First meetings at Newbury, Vt. 
— Parsonage Lot — Extent of Parish — Minister paid by Town — 
Protest — Certain Persons excnsed — Meeting House — Meetings in 
Houses and Barns — Union Meeting House in Newbury — Coming 
of Mr. Powers — People worshipped part of time in Newbury^ 
Crossing river — Mr. Powers' Parish — Town diVided into two 
Parishes — Propagating the Gospel — Church organizations — First 
Congregational Church — Pastors: Ethan Smith, John Smith, 
Grant Powers, Henry Wood, Joseph Gibbs, Archibald Fleming, 
Samuel Delano, Moses C. Searle, Edward H. Greeley, John D. 
Emerson, John Q. Bittinger, Eugene W. Stoddard — Methodist 
Episcopal Church : North Haverhill, Corner, East Haverhill — 
Baptist Church, North Haverhill — Free Will Baptist Church — 
Union Church — Advent Church — Protestant Episcopal Church, 
Woodsville — Methodist Episcopal Church, Woodsville. 

CHAPTER XVI. 237-253 


Her honorable position and officers of highest rank — List of Haverhill 
Soldiers in the several Wars — War of the Revolution — War of 
1812 — Mexican War — War of the Rebellion — Second Regiment — 
Fourth Regiment — Sixth Regiment — Ninth Regiment — ^Eleventh 
Regiment — Fifteenth Regiment — Eighteenth Regiment — Fh-st 
Regiment Heavy Artillery — First Cavalrj-. 

CHAPTER XVn. 254-286 


Moses Dow — Aldeu Sprague — John Porter — Moses Dow, Jr. — George 
Woodward — Joseph Emerson Dow — John Nelson — Henry Hutch- 
inson — David Sloan — Joseph Bell — Samuel Courtland — Edmund 
Carleton — Hale A. Johnston — Edward R. Olcott — Daniel Blais- 
dell — Jonathan Bliss — William 11. Duncan — Samuel C. Webster — 
Nathan B. Felton— David Diclsey— David H. Collins — Jonas Da- 
rius Sleeper — John S. Bryant — David Page — Charles E. Thomp- 
son — George W. Chapman — Charles R. Morrison — Nathaniel W. 
Westgate — George F. Putnam — Luther C. Morse — Samuel T. 
Page — Samuel B. Page — William F. Westgate. 




Samuel White— John Porter— Samuel Hale— Martin Phelps— Isaac 
Moore^Amasa Scott — Edmund Carleton — Ezra Bartlett — Ezra 
Bartlett, Jr. — John Angler— Joel Angier — Anson Bracket — Simon 
B. Heath — Hiram Morgan — Henry Hayes — Edward Mattoclss — 
Phineas Spalding — Henry B. Leonard — Homer H. Tenny — Samuel 
P. Carbee — Haven Palmer — Moses D. Cai'bee — Clarence H. Clark 
— Edward J. Brown — Henry P. Watson — Charles E. Gibson — 
Oliver D. Eastman — Charles Newcomb — Myron S. Wetherbee — 
James B. Clark, Dentist — Moses N. Rowland, Dentist. 

CHAPTEE XIX. 310-353 


Haverhill's honorable career Abroad — Charles J. Adams — ^J. Dorsey 
and George Angier — Louisa Page Babcoek — Bacon Brothers— 
Barstow Brothers : Alfred, Anson, Gardner — George Barstow — 
Charles W. — John Barstow — Mary Barstow — Hazen Bedel — John 
Bedel — James W. Bell — John Bell — James P. Brewer — Samuel 
Brooks — Edwin Brooks — Edward C. and George Burbeck — James 
A. Cutting — Frederick Crocker — Noah Davis — Moses Elkins — D. 
L. Farnsworth — Charles N. Flanders— Lucien H. Frary— Warren 
Gookin — Michael Gray — Hunts: Caleb S., Horace, Prescott, 
Helen — Johnstons ; Charles, Hannah — John Kimball — William H. 
Leith — Merrill Brothers : John L., Benjamin, Charles H.^William 
Merrill — Arthur Mitchell — Morse Brothers : Peabody A., George 
W., Isaac S. — Robert Morse — Joseph B. Morse — Thomas L. 
Nelson — Niles Brothers: Alonzo F., Horace L. — George B., 
Nellie and Clara Nichols — Person Noyes — John A. Page — Moses 
S. Page — James H. Pearson — Samuel P. Pike — Elizabeth Abbott, 
Mary Webster, Henrietta Mumf ord and George Carrington Pow- 
ers — John Reding — Rodgers Brothers : Levi and M. Carleton — 
Jonathan H. and Chester Eowell — Horace 0. Soper — Lyman D. 
Stevens — Smiths : Lyndon Arnold, Stephen, Sanford, Carlos- 
Frank A. Smith — William P. Stowe — The Tarletons — Towles : 
Frederick and James — Nathaniel Wilson — Edward B. Wilson- 
William F. Whitcher — Harvey B. Wilmont — John L. Woods — 
Franklin P. Wood. 


CHAPTER XX. 354-362 


Time — Changes — Life (Simple — Two Classes come to Haverhill, the 
Well-to-do and Enterprising, and the Dependent — The first House 
— Frame Houses, two sizes — The great Fire-place and Chimney — 
The Children and "Popped Corn" — "Lug Pole" — "Trammels" — 
Crane — Frying-pan — Dutch Oven — Spit — "The Goose Hangs 
High" — Furniture — Pots and Kettles — The Dresser — Pewter 
Dishes — Wooden Dishes — Two-tined Forks — Hemlock Brooms — 
Sanded Floors — Carpets Eare — Domestic Duties — Wants Few — 
Life Happy and Virtuous — Diet — Tea and Coffee — Drinks — Flip 
and Punch — Wine — Drinking Social — Sugar Making — Paring-bee 
— Games — Huskings — Muster-day — Social Character of Church- 
going — Society People — Official Position and Moral Worth — The 
Commencement of New Order — Eebellion against forced payment 
of Ministers" Taxes — Church-Going less Universal — The Stage- 
coach — Blinds, Pictures and Ornaments — Wooden Plates, sanded 
Floors, and Hemlock Brooms Yield — First Four-wheeled Carriage 
— First Piano — Chaises— Wagons^Clooks. 



INWAN Names, 362 

Indians, .304 

Fairs and Makkets, 366 

Wild Animals, Game and Fish, 367 

An Egyptian Plague, 368 

The Pigeons, 369 

The Great Flood, 369 

Houses or Eefuge, 370 

A Noted Character, 371 

Horse Meadow, 373 

The Poor, 374 

IIOG Eeeve, 374 

Tything Man, 374 

Courts and Court Houses, 375 

Two Historic Farms, 379 

The Great Pines, 381 

Drinking Habits, 382 

Piermont Boundary Dispute, 383 

The Vermont I'nion, 387 

contents. 13 

Libraries, 390 

Newspapers, 391 

Two Great Plagues, 393 

Banks, . 394 

Hangings, 395 

Cyclone, 397 

Powder House, 398 

Steamboats, 398 

Making Cider, 399 

Teaming, "^ 400 

Training Day, ' 400 

The Great Accident, 403 

The Great Fire, 404 

First Jersey Stock, " 405 

a komance, 406 

The Cucumber Story, 407 

Local Names, 409 

Masonry, 413 

Pine Grove Farm, 415 

Odd Fellows, * 416 

Patriarchs Militant, 417 

Good Templars, 417 


Appendix, 419-431 

cohrections, 433 

Index, 435 




Haverhill's most distinguished citizen, 







Author's aim — Early miiterial imperfect— Official acts supplemented bv tradition, 
conversations, and family records — Energy, courage, and perseverance of the 
founders — Changes in life and habits. 

It, is my intention in the following pages to write the 
history of Haverhill from its first discovery by the white 
man down to the present time. The earlier years of this 
history, from the first occupancy of the Cohos Country, 
when Johnston and Pattie spent the winter of 1761-2 at 
the Ox Bow, * must necessarily be somewhat incomplete, 
as both the records of the Proprietors, as well as the records 
of the Town, are in some places imperfect ; and even when 
they are complete and uninterrupted they record only the 
public acts of the Proprietors and of the Town, and give 
little information, except incidentally, of the character of the 
people and the spirit of the times. 

However, with this material at hand, and with such other 
aids as I have been able to command, of family records, 
with the memory of the oldest inhabitants reaching back to 
the close of the last century, and handing down from that 
period the fresh conversations and traditions of an earlier 
generation, many of whom lived and died in the first quarter 
of the present century, I hope to be able to present the 
history of the Town as fuU and complete as possible. We 
shall see how a brave and resolute people, coming into these 
Indian wilds, laid the foundations of prosperity, of happi- 
ness, and of social order ; how before their sturdy enterprise 
and indomitable energy the massive and dense forests disap- 
peared from the broad river intervals, and the rich soil became 

* In these pages " Ox Bow " stands for " I.lttle Ox Bow." 


a garden of f'ruitf'ulness, so that in times of scarcity or famine 
in the regions around Haverhill was a granary of abundance, 
an Egyptian storehouse, for the hungry and destitute ; how 
through many j)erils and hardships mills were erected, water- 
powers trained into the service of man, and machinery in the 
absence of roads was dragged by human exertion over long 
reaches (if bridle-path; how in the earlier years of the new 
settlement they lived in rude huts and log cabins with few 
conveniences and comforts, and suffered many self-denials 
and dano-ers ; how the school and the church, those •twin 
supports of all that is best and most hopeful in a community, 
were early established and maintained with jjraiseworthy 
self-sacrifice and devotion ; how from scanty beginnings they 
rose to prosperity and riches, from dwelling in damp and 
uncomfortable homes to living in well-built houses, and 
surrounded with the comforts and conveniences of a better 
civilization ; how the bridle-path and blazed way yielded to 
well-constructed and safe highways, and the tedious journey- 
ings on horsebaclc were exchanged for the comfortable and 
social conveyances of later times ; how sanded floors, and 
rough benches, and bare walls, and simple table-ware gave 
way to mats, and carpets, and pictures, and pianos, to china 
and silver-service : how the huge fire-place with pot-hooks 
and trammels, the spinning-wheel and home-made fabrics, 
were displaced by modern inx'entions and conveniences. 

We shall also see how in the long struggle between the 
mother country and her colonies our forefathers were fired 
with earnest zeal and lofty patriotism for the rights of man, 
and furnished both men and money beyond their means to 
advance the cause of religious and political liberty ; how in 
the new demand which was laid upon their earlier descendants 
many of them have a proud place in the history of our com- 
mon country ; and later still how in the great War of the 
Rebellion when the Union was assailed from within and 
threatened with disruption, her citizens responded with 


patriotic promptness and to the full of their ability to the 
call of duty ; how from their loins a goodly company of 
noble men and women have gone forth into other fields of 
labor and endeavor, and have won honor and eminence in 
professional life and in business enterprises, as teachers, 
lawyers, doctors, ministers, leaders of society and of prog- 
ress as well as that larger number who, standing by the old 
fire-sides, have achieved an honorable name and a well- 
earned title to usefulness and esteem here. 

We shall also note diat the transition from the simplicity 
of life and habits of our forefathers to those of a later period, 
has its parallel in the contrast between the very general and 
heroic and stronffer virtues, and the more effeminate and 
irresolute traits of their descendants. These and more than 
these we shall see in the unfolding of the Town's history as 
recorded in the following pages. 



Name — Extent and value of farm products— Boundaries — Scenery— Area — Popu- 
lation— Villages— Mountains— Elvers and Streams — Ponds — Islands — Geol- 
ogy, Soil, and Minerals — Water-power — Roads. 

The Town of Haverhill took its name' from Haverhill, 
Mass., from the fact that the first white persons who perma- 
nently occupied its territory came from that town. It is one 
of the richest and most important agricultural sections of 
the state, cutting about one thousand tons more hay per 
annum than is cut in any other town, and whose farm prod- 
ucts are only exceeded in value by that of one other town in 
the state. 

From its southern limit on the town of Piermont to its 
northern limit on the Ammonoosuc is a distance of about ten 
miles ; and from the Vermont bank of the Connecticut river, 
which winds in sweeping and tortuous curves through its west- 
ern borders, to its eastern boundary on the town of Benton, 
it averages a breadth of about six miles. 

The geographical features of the Town are of varied and 
picturesque beauty, embracing within its limits the broad 
and fertile intervals of the Connecticut — the heart of the 
famous Cohos Country in Indian history — with the uplands 
stretching away to the east till they swell into the foot-hills 
and outer bastions of grand Moosilauke, more familiarly 
known as "Moose Hillock," whose broad shoulders and mas- 
sive granite walls can be seen from all parts of the Town. 

The beauty and even grandeur of the scenery from many 
localities in the Town is unsurpassed. One of the sons of 
Haverhill, who has done honor to the Town in his profes- 
sional career, now residing at the Golden Gate of the Pacific 
Coast, writing of the magnificent scenery of that region, 
says, "You have heard much of the Yosemite Valley and 
its magnificence, but standing on some elevated point in the 


Town of Haverhill, and looking east toward Moosilauke you 
can on any clear day see a view which in beauty and grand- 
eur far surpasses that of the Yosemite." Longfellow once 
on a visit to Haverhill, and walking down with a friend from 
the village to Powder House Hill, after taking in the view from., 
that point up and down the river, with the broad intervals 
" dressed in living green," and the river quietly and peacefully 
winding in beautiful sweeps and reaches through the twenty 
mile ^-alley in sight, said to his friend, a son of Haverhill, 
" I have seen the beauties of foreign lands, but the beauties 
from this spot surpass anything I have ever seen." Others 
have spoken in similar language, and many are the exjjres- 
sions of her loyal sons and daughters in writing to me, of' 
their fresh and losing remembrance of the beautiful scenery 
of their childhood-home. 

These praises of the beautj' and picturesqueness of the 
scenery and phj^sical features of Haverhill are not exaggera- 
tions, and their exactness can be verified from numerous 
points of observation. They are upon the lips of all who 
come here. The many roads through the Town furnish as 
charming and inviting drives as can be found any where in 
the state. Nothing can excel the bewitching and varying 
landscape which meets the eye as you follow the road east- 
ward along the Oli^erian. On either side the little valley 
is hemmed in by.hills and mountains. Then spreading out 
into ample dimensions like a vast amphitheatre, with massive 
Moosilauke standing guard in the distance, Bald Face at 
the head of the broad Benton meadows, and tlie hills and 
mountains like guardian sentinels encircling the snug little 
village of East Haverhill, with cultivated fields running back 
from the brook to the foot-hills, and farm houses and shady 
ways breaking the view into beauty and variety. 

On the wide expanse on which is built the village of 
North Haverhill the eye rests on an unsurpassed scene of 
picturesqueness and even grandeur, with Black Hill and 


Hog Back, and again the broad front of Moosilauke to 
■crown the view. The landscape any where from the Pier- 
mont line along the road through Haverhill village and Ladd 
Street is a succession of surprises and charms that have 
•called forth from all whose eyes have ever lingered upon the 
'siew the most enthusiastic expressions of delight. Here the 
meadows are broad and well cultivated, and the valley in 
spring and summer resembles an immense floor of bightest 
emerald, through which the river in great curves winds its 
gleaming course. On the Vermont side is a line of high 
hills walling in the valley from the west, whilst Mt. Gardner 
with its solid front looks down from the north. Xewbury, 
AA^ells Eiver, Bradford, South Newbury, are within sweep 
of the eye, and grand Moosilauke stands perpetual watch 
over this charming landscape. 

The ai'ea of the Town is about 35,000 acres, nearly 
two-thirds of which is favorable to cultivation, and has 
for the most part been brought under fruitful and profit- 
able tillage. The remainder is pasturage and woodland. 
The former furnishes in great abundance most excellent and 
nutritious grass both for dairy and stock, whilst the latter is 
well covered witJi timber and wood, consisting chiefly of 
birch, beech, maple, and hemlock. The present standing of 
wood and timber, much of which is second growth, is estimated 
by persons of safe judgment to be greater-in quantity than 
the wood and timber which was on the same area twentv 
years ago. The increase of growth, it is thought, has been 
more rapid than the loss by consumption and waste. 

The population when the census of 1880 was taken was 
2452. The number of families at that time was about 525, 
averaging nearly five persons to a family. The number of 
polls of those present in the Town is not far from 600. 
The population has varied very little during the last two 
decades, and is now about stationary. It is chiefly native 
■except a small French element which the railroad has 


brought in at Woodsville, but this is not large enough to 
offset the general American character of the population and 
influence of the Town. 

There are four villages in the Town, the most historic and 
prominent of these is Haverhill Corner which was early 
settled, within a j'ear after of the first settlement at the Ox Bow 
in 1762. It is the west county seat of Grafton County, and 
contains the court house, jail, county building for county 
officers, the Academy, two churches, and the Exchange 
Hotel. In addition to these there are also business places : 
two good stores, a jeweller, druggist, fancy goods and millin- 
ery, shops, lawyers' offices, and the Cohos Printing Press. 
Here is also printed and published the " Grafton County 
Register." The village numbers in all, including Ladd 
street, over one hundred private residences, many of which 
are large, substantial, square houses of the olden times, and 
give an air of respectability and prosperity to the place. In 
the center of the village is the large and beautiful Park 
around which is a fine growth of elms and maples, and 
fronting on the Park are matiy of the best residences of the 
village ; the Exchange Hotel is on the west side of the Park, 
and the Congregational church and Academy are at the 
north-east corner. The village except in court time is ideal 
in its quiet and rest. In summer time, however, it is quite 
a resort for tourists and visitors, especially with those who 
seek a restful and invigorating atmosphere and pleasant 
social surroundings. With enterprise and well directed cap- 
ital the place could be made one of the most popular and 
inviting in all New England. There is every element of a 
successful summer resort, — excellent society, scenery unri- 
valled, air pure and bracing, drives of great variety and 
comfort, two lakes within easy reach by carriage, boating 
and fishing, and frequent trains sweep near by on either side. 
Few houses have been built in the last forty years, and only 
one of marked modern style, that of Mrs. R. D. Tucker, 


which is a handsome Queen Ann structure. The village 
proper contains one Main street running north and south, 
and Court street on which are situated the court house and 
couilty building. 

Xorth Haverhill is a beautiful little village of some forty 
houses on the west end of a vnde plain drained by Poole 
Brook. It contains a number of substantial private houses, 
several stores, a good sized hotel, shops, the Methodist 
church, and the new Town house and records building. The 
Boston and Lowell' railroad runs close by the village, and 
the hotel has been generally well filled with visitors in sum- 
mer months. 

At the extreme north end of the Town, at the Junction of 
the Ammonoosuc with the Connecticut, is the village of 
AVoodsville, named from John L. Woods who at one time 
was the owner of the land on which the village stands. For 
many years it was the terminus of the Boston, Concord and 
^Montreal railroad, but is now an important railroad junction. 
The village is a bright, active, growing place, and does a 
large amount of business with the prospect of becoming a 
prominent center in this section. The White Mountain, 
Montpelicr and AVells River, and the Pjissumpsic railroads 
connect at this point with the Boston and Lowell railroad. 
Woodsville is of quite recent growth, and in the past few 
years has doubled in size and population. Twenty-five years 
ago there was little more than the round-house and railroad 
station . Xow there are a number of substantial residences and 
many pretty cottage houses, two churches, an excellent grad- 
ed school building, two large hotels, stores, shops, a superior 
water 8up[)ly, and the headquarters of the White Mountains 
division of the Boston and Lowell railroad. 

These three ^•illages are all on the western side of the 
Town, — Woodsville and North Haverhill near the banks of 
the Connecticut, whilst Haverhill Corner is situated on a 
high bluff about two hundred feet above the river bed and 


nearly a mile back, overlooking the river and having a 
commanding view of the valley north and south. 

The other village is East Haverhill in the south-east part 
of the Town on the Oliverian about a mile from the Benton 
line. It is situated in the midst of the beautiful and wide 
expanse of meadow wliich is formed by the Oliverian and 
the Xoi'th Branch. It contains pleasant and bright houses, 
two stores, shops, the Methodist church, and a station on 
the Boston and Lowell railroad. 

A little hamlet has grown up at Pike Station in con- 
nection with the whet-stone works of the A. F. Pike 
]\Ianufacturing Company, where there is also a store. The 
road from this point to East Haverhill is quite thickly settled, 
almost forming a continuous village between the two points. 
The remaining area of the Town under tillage is much of it 
somewhat sparsely settled. 

There are no high mountains within the limits of the 
Town. The highest points of land are in the southern 
section, — Catamount Hill and Iron Ore Hill, the latter lying 
partly in Piermont. A range of well defined hills of con- 
siderable height, divided by Poole Brook, traverse the centre 
of the Town from south to nortli, of which Briar Hill forms 
the highest elevation. There is also an irregular range or 
cluster of hills in the north-western part of the Town, 
commencino; east of Horse Meadow and running north to 
the Bath line. The surface of the Town may be described 
in genera] as irregular and broken, excepted along the river 
and in the plains already described, that at North Haverhill 
and the other at East Haverhill. 

The Vermont bank of the Connecticut River marks the 
western boundary of Haverhill. The river flows in a very 
winding direction through the Town, traversing a distance 
of about eighteen miles in its course, and forming in the 
northern part the famous Ox Bow. The intervals or 
" meadows," as they are usually called, are of great breadth 


and of rare fertility, and are unsurpassed by any lands in 
the entire course of the river. Here are some of the largest 
and finest and most productive farms in the state, vi^hich are 
annually enriched by the Spring overflow of the Connecticut, 
sometimes filling the valley from side to side, and presenting 
the appearance of a large lake. 

The Ammdnoosuc, which comes down from the White 
jMountain range, is a large branch of the Connecticut and 
forms the boundary line at the extreme north-west end of 
the town. It furnishes excellent water-power. The Olive- 
rian is the next most important stream in size and water- 
power. It rises in the western slope of Moosilauke, enters 
the Town near the south-east corner, and pursuing a westward 
direction empties into the Connecticut a little north of 
Haverhill Corner, after a rapid descent by a series of steep 
falls just above its mouth. This is a swift mountain stream, 
and gathers the water fall in a few hours after rains. It 
becomes angry and of full voliime in the Spring and in rainy 
seasons, whilst in Summer months when the season is dry it 
shrinks to the dimensions of a moderate sized brook. Its 
principal tributary is Xorth Branch wliich comes in from 
Benton, flows near the east line of the Town, and meets the 
main sti-eam at East Haverhill. 

Poole Brook with numerous small feeders has its spring in 
the north-east part of the Town, and running in a circuitous 
course through the center, forming Deming Pond in its way, 
reaches the Connecticut at the old Town farm. Its northern 
branch rises in French Pond. This brook traverses the wide 
and fertile plain at North Haverhill. The name of this 
brook was given to it from the fact that a man of that name 
lived in the earliest settlement of Haverhill on the north side 
of the brook not far from its mouth. Poole lost his life in 
the Connecticut at the "Narrows" as did his only child, 
Polly, who was drowned at the Ox Bow. 

Within the limits of Haverhill there are no ponds of any 


considerable size, which are so prominent a feature of other 
sections of the state. Woods' Pond in the southern part of 
the Town, Long Pond in the central, and French Pond in 
the northern are the only bodies of still water, and these are 
quite limited in extent. 

The only island of any notable Area is in the Connecticut 
Kiver north of Ox Bow, known as "Howard Island," and was 
so named in honor of one of the earliest and most prominent 
settlers of the Town, Col. Joshua Howard, who lived to the 
age of ninety-nine years. 

The general geologic rock area of the Town, according to 
Prof. Hitchcock, is known as "Bethlehem gneiss," aaid in this 
area is found the following varieties of stone : protogene, 
common gneiss, granite beds, hornblende chist, soapstone, 
and limestone. Along the Connecticut River the soil is allu- 
vial, in the plain at North Haverhill a clayey loam, and at 
East Haverhill there is also alluvial soil. The remainder of' 
the Town is of the ordinary soil of New Hampshire uplands. 

Ores and minerals are found in the Town, iron in the 
region of Iron Ore Hill, which was formerly dug to some 
extent and drawn to a smelting furnace in Vermont. Native 
arsenic, a rare mineral in the United States, and almost 
wholly confined to New Hampshire, is found on Francis 
Kimball's farm. Soapstone was early discovered at the 
North End, and a few years ago efforts were made in quar- 
rying and bringing it into market, but the attempt proved a 
financial failure. The vein is from twelve to fifteen feet 
wide, and the stone is said to be capable of a finer edge than 
any other similar stone in the country. Whetstone on Cut- 
ting Hill near the Piermont line, exists in immense beds 
which have been worked for over a half century and manu- 
factured into all kinds of tool-sharpeners. There are granite 
quarries in the northern and southern parts of the Town. 
The stone of the latter is said to be of the very finest 
quality. Limestone is found along the valley of the North 


Branch of the Oliverian, which has been quarried and burned 
in years past in large quantities. It is blue and gray, the 
former fine, the latter coarse. It is said lime c;iii be made here 
much cheaper than at Thomaston, Maine. 

The water-power of the Town, — that at AN'oodsyille is 
ample enough to drive large machinery, wliilst that of the 
Oliverian, which near its mouth makes a descent to the Con- 
necticut river of about eighty feet in the sliort space of 
forty or fifty rods, furnishes sufficient head in seasons of 
ordinary water, but the power is very uncertain in the sum- 
mer months, and is greatly crippled at that season of the 
year. Water storage in large quantities, it is said, could 
easily be secured by a comparatively small outlay on the 
North Branch back of Sugar Loaf. Water-power is also found 
at other points fartlier up the Oliverian and on the Xorth 
Branch, wliilst Poole Brook at North Haverhill a part of the 
year is very available for such ])ur})Oses. 

Tiie Town is well pro\ided witli roads. Those running 
the length of the Town are the lliver road From Haverhill 
Corner tln-ough Xorth Haverhill to Woodsville, the County 
road from Ladd street to Swiftwater, and a road from East 
Haverhill running in an irregular course near the Benton 
line conunonly called the " Lime Kiln " road. Cross-roads 
connect these at convenient points, the most important of 
which are the road from Haverhill Corner, the Brook road, 
along the Oliverian, the Brushwood road, flu' road t(j the 
Centre from Xorth Haverhill, and another to Hriar Hill and 
Swiftwater, and one from the river to the Bath line, called 
the " Butler road." 



Early reports about it from hunters, trappers, and returned soldiers — Plan to 
explore and take possession of the Country— A doubt— Project failed— An 
event that led to a careful survey — A new route — The expedition of 1753 — Capt. 
Powers' scouting party, 1754— Missions of the Powers and Lovewell parties. 

Some years before the foot of any white Englishman or 
American had trod that part of the Connecticut Valley as 
a permanent abode, which afterwards became famous as 
the Cohos Country, reports of its great fertility and value 
had reached the settlements as far down on the Connecticut 
river as Massachusetts, and these reports were known also 
to the Provincial authorities of New Hampshire. They 
were brought by hunters and trappers who were accustomed 
to go up to the head-waters of the Pemigewasset and its 
tributaries and beyond, and also it is said by returned 
soldiers and captives who at the close of the French and 
Indian war came back from Canada by way of Lake 
Memphremagog and the Passumpsic and Connecticut rivers. 
Gen. Jacob Bailey, it is stated in the Life of Gen. Stark, 
passed from Canada to his home in Newbury, Mass., and 
was charmed with the Cohos meadows. 

Ah early as 1752 the General Court of New Hampshire 
took measures to explore and take possession of the country. 
The farthest northern settlement as late as 1760 in the 
Connecticut Valley was at "No. 4," now Charleston, 
and there were only a few settlements south of that point 
within the limits of the Province of New Hampshire. 
The original plan of 1752 was to take possession of 
the Cohos Country, and hold it as a military post 
against the French and Indians. The government 
was to grant two townships to five hundred picked men 
who were to occupy the territory, — one on the Vermont 
side of the Connecticut river, and the other on the New 


Hampshire side. In each of these townships a fort or 
stockade was to be built and garrisoned. The enclosures 
were to contain fifteen acres each, large enough to give 
shelter to the inhabitants and their cattle in case of an 
attack from the French and Indians. These enclosures 
were to be provided with public buildings and granaries. 
Courts were to be established for the settlement of all civil 
matters, and a strict military discipline was to be maintained. 
The settlement in Cohos was also to be connected with 
No. 4 by a military road cut through the forest. 

Such was the general plan of occupancy as outlined 
in a letter of Col. Atkinson in the secretary's office of Xew 
Hampshire. And in order to carry out the scheme a 
committee was appointed to examine the lands and to 
locate the townships. The way of access at that time to 
the Cohos Country, was l)y way of No. 4, and the com- 
mittee, it is said, after they had performed their duty, made 
a favorable report to the Provincial authorities, and four 
hundred men were actually enlisted to take possession of 
the Cohos Country.* 

This project, however, was not carried out, as the 
aborigines who were in possession of the country not only 
as a hunting-ground, but had also cultivated some parts of 
it on both sides of the river, made earnest remonstrance 
and threats against the invasion of their territory by the 

Meantime, an event took place which led to an extensive 
and careful exploration of the Cohos Country. A party of 
four men \\-hilst hunting on Baker's river in the sprino- of 

* It has been held that the " oomuiittee " which was appointed in 
17.52 to examine and lay out the two townships, did not ^o to the 
Cohos Country, and that Capt. Powers and his party were the lirst 
explorers of this region. This view is founded on these facts, first, 
that no account of the committee's work is recorded, and second, 
that in 17.54 the General Court in determining to send the Powers" 
party to the Cohos Country, call it an " hitherto unknown region." 


1752 was surprised by Indians. Two of thein were tal'ten 
prisoners and carried away into Canada, one made his 
escape by flight, and the other was killed in the _^affray. 
One of the persons named was John Stark, who afterwards 
became the brave and distinguished Gen. Stark of the 
Revolutionary War, and the hero of the battle of Benning- 
ton. The Indians in taking their prisoners from Baker's 
river into Canada passed directly through the Cohos 
Country. Stark and his companion were soon released 
from captivity, and returned in the su-mmer of the same 
year in which they were carried away. They gave an 
account of the Cohos Country, and their description of it 
was so favorable and enticing that the authorities were 
animated with new zeal and determination to send an expedi- 
tion to the Connecticut river at Cohos. 

The Indian trail from Baker's river to the Connecticut 
valley, over which Stark and his fellow-prisoners were 
taken, and which was followed in their return from Canada, 
suggested to the authorities of New Hampshire that the 
most direct and feasible way to reach the Cohos Coimtry 
was to go up the Pemigewasset and Baker's rivers, and 
thence into the Connecticut valley by the Indian trail. And 
this route was the one chosen by the party sent out for the 
purpose of marking a road into Cohos, at the head of which 
was Col. Lovewell with John Stark, the returned prisoner, 
as their guide. 

The party • started from Concord, then called Rumford, 
March 10, 1753, and followed up the Merrimack, Pemige- 
wasset, and Baker's rivers, using canoes whenever the water 
would permit. The party left Baker's river at the junction 
of Pond Brook, the north-west branch of the main stream, 
and reached the Connecticut river at Piermont through the 
north-east part of what is now the town of Orford. The 
round journey, a distance of about one hundred sixty miles, 
was made in twenty days. Col. Lovewell and his party 


remained on the Connecticut river only one night, and the 
next day they began their return to Concord. 

In the following year, 1754, an expedition or scouting 
party was organized under the command of Capt. Peter 
Powers of Hollis. A detailed account of their journey is 
given in a diary or journal which was kept at the time, by 
Capt. Powers, and which was afterwards in possession of his 
youngest son, Samson Powers. 

The expedition left Concord, June 15, 1754, and reached 
Contoocook the same day. The following day being Sun- 
day, the Journal notes the fact that the party " tarried and 
went to meeting." A week later Capt. Powers and his 
associates had got as far as the mouth of Pond Brook on 
Baker's river, but perhaps on account of having penetrated 
beyond the limits of civilization and meeting houses, no 
mention is made of tarrying the second Sabbath for devo- 
tional purposes, and they marched on along Pond Brook. 
After advancing a short distance the party was compelled, 
" by reason of the dark weather," to follow the path which 
had been marked by Col. Lovewell and his men in March, 
1753. The Connecticut river was reached on the 25th 
of June, the eleventh day after the expedition left Concord, 
at a point known as " Moose Meadow, " afterwards owned 
bp Maj. Nathaniel Merrill, and now in possession of Benja- 
min Hibbard, a descendant of his. Then skirting along the 
wide intervals of the Connecticut river the party encamped 
on the banks of a " large stream which came out of the 
east," and whicii is described as furnishing "the best falls 
and conveniences of all sorts of mills." The march of this 
day must have been about twenty miles, and the encamp- 
ment on the night jof June 25th was, in all probability, on 
the south side of Oliverean on the high plat of ground a 
little west of the Montgomery house, now owned by Capt. 
J. Leroy Bell. The river being much swollen by the 
frequent rains which are noted in the Journal, the explorers 


after a long and toilsome journey would hardly venture to 

In the Journal of the next day Capt. Powers noticed the 
fact of ' ' clear intervals " on the Connecticut River. These 
intervals now known as Grreat Ox Bow in Newbury, Ver- 
mont, and Little Ox Bow in Haverhill, had been cultivated 
at times by the Indians. The hills of corn though swarded 
over and covered with a luxuriant growth of grass were 
visible at latter date, 1761, when Johnston and Pattie, the 
first white settlers, came to the Cohos Country. On reach- 
ing the Ammonoosuc the river was so deep and wide that 
the party were compelled to tarry and build a canoe before 
they were able to cross the stream. Capt. Powers and his 
men, after leaving the territory of the lower Cohos, within 
the limits of what is now Haverhill, continued their explora- 
tions as far as Lancaster. In their journey northward they 
passed along the high ground between the Connecticut and 
Ammonoosuc rivers. On the second day of July, finding 
their stores much reduced, with little hope of going forward 
with success, Capt. Powers resolved to return, and at once 
began preparations for the homeward journey. No Indians 
had been met by the exploring party in their long march, 
but on the day of their return whilst tlie men were mending 
their shoes, Capt. Powers with two others made a short 
excursion to the north of the encampment, in the course of 
which they came to a place where Indians had been making 
canoes, and which apparently they had abandoned only a 
short time before. 

The last date in the Journal is July 6th, the expedition 
having reached on that day on the homeward journey as far 
as Haverhill, and on the night of that day the party encamp- 
ed, according to the entry in the Journal, on the high 
ground near the Oliverian, which is described as " the best 
of upland," and covered by " some quantity of large white 


pine." This encampment was in all likelihood on the 
ground now covered by Haverhill Village. 

The Powers' expedition as already stated was a scouting- 
party whose chief aim was a search for Indians. The 
exploration of the country was only incidental to its main 
purpose, and this was the first exploration of the Cohos 
Country unless the "committee" of 1752 actually went to 
Cohos. Col. Lovewell's party was sent to the Connecticut 
River and reached it at Piermont where it remained only 
one night, and then returned to Concord, and the object of 
this expedition was to mark a road to Cohos over the* Indian 
trail between the Connecticut and Baker's rivers. 



Influx of population— The Charter— Names of Grantees— Pour divisions— House 
lots — Privileged " pitchers " — Governor Wentworth's " i-ight " — Drawing — 
Numbering- Names of meadows— Grantees common to Newbury and Haverhill 
— Gen. Jacob Bailey — Col. Jacob Kent — Gen. Moses Hazeu. 

Although the Cohos Country was now fully explored by 
Capt. Powers and his party who gave a glowing account of 
its wonderful fertility and great resources, there was no 
immediate influx of emigration into the country till some 
years later. But after the conquest of Canada by the Eng- 
lish in 1760, and when the frontiers were no longer exposed 
to the dangers and incursions of the French and their Indian 
allies, the spirit of emigration in the older settlements of 
New Hampshire and Massachusetts began again to revive, 
and large numbers of hardy and enterprising emigrants 
poured into the inviting openings of the Connecticut valley. 
In 1761' the Provincial authorities of New Hampshire made 
numerous grants of townships on both sides of the Connecti- 
cut River. The territory on the west side of the river as far 
as the New York line was at this time claimed as part of 
New Hampshire. 

The charter of the Township of Haverhill bears date the 
18th of May, 1763, and was granted to seventy-five persons. 
In addition to the seventy-five shares represented by these 
persons, His Excellency, Governor Benning Wentworth, 
Esq., was to have five hundred acres which were to be 
counted as two shares. Also, there was a share each for 
the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign 
Parts, for a glebe for the Church of England, for the first 
settled minister of the gospel, and for the benefit of a com- 
mon school. The charter with the names of grantees is 
given in the following pages, the document being printed 
exactly as it was originally written, — capitals, spelling, 


Bbreviations, and punctuations are left unchanged. This is 
the only document which is so printed in this history ; all 
other papers of the olden time, as far as used, are made to 
■conform to modern usage. This is printed as an example of 
the changes which have taken place in such matters since the 
■davs of the charter. 


Province of 
New Hampshire 

I Seal I 

George The Third By the Grace of God of Grate Britean 
France and Ireland King Defender of The Faith &c &c 

To all Parsons to whom These Presents shall [come] Greeting — 

Know yee that we of our special Grace Certain Knowlige and mere 
motion for the Due Encouragement of Setting a New Plantation 
within our said Province by and with the advice of our Trusty and 
well Beloved Benning Wentworth Esq Our Governor and Commander 
in Chief of Our said Province of Newhampshire in New England and 
Our Council of the said Province, Have Upon The Conditions and 
Reservations herein after made Given and Granted and by These 
Presents for us Our Heirs and Successors Do Give and Grant In 
Equal Shares unto Our Loving Subjects Inhabitants of Our said 
Province of Newhampshire and Our Other Governments and thier 
Heirs and assigns for Ever whose Names Are Entered on this Grant 
to be Divided to and Amongst them into Eighty one Equal Shares all 
that Tract or Parcel of Land Situate Lying and being within Our said 
Province of Newhampshire Containing by Admeasurement 
Acres which Tract is to Contain more Than Six Miles Square Out of 
which an allowance is to be made for high Ways and unimprovable 
Lands by Rocks Ponds Mountains and Rivers One Thousand and 
Forty Acres free according To a Plan and Survey thereof made by 
Our said Governors Order and Returned into the Secretary's OfHce 
and here unto anexed Budtted and Bounded as follows viz. Begining 
at a Tree marked Standing on the Bank of the Estern side of Connec- 
ticut river and on the southerly or south westedly side of the mouth 
■of the Amonuck River Opposite to the South westedly Corner of 
Bath* from thence Down Connecticut river as that runs Till it comes 
to a marked Tree Standing on the Bank of the River and is about 
Sevn (7) Miles On a straight Line from the mouth of Amonusk River 
aforesaid from thence south Fiftey Three Degrees Eeast five Miles 
and Three Quarters to a Stake and Stones Thence North Twenty Five 

* Bath was incorporated in 1761, though not settled tiU a few years later. 


Degrees East about Eight Miles Until it Corns upon a line with the- 
Lro [lower] Side Line of Bath Thence North Fiftey Five Degress 
West as Bath Euns to the Tree by the Eiver The Bounds Began at^ 
and that the Same be and hereby is Incorporated into a Toundship by 
the Name of Haverhill and the inhabitants that Do or Shall hereafter 
inhabit the said Toundship are hereby Declared to be Enfranchized 
with and Intitled to all and Every the Priviledges and Immunities^ 
that Other Tounds within Our Province by Law Enuse and injoy and 
further that the said Tound as soon as thire Shall be Fiftey Families 
Resident and settled Thereon shall have the Liberty of Holding TwO' 
Feares one of Which shall be held on the 
and the Other on the 

annually which Fairs are not too Continue Longer 
then the Respective • Following the said 

and that as soon as the said Tound shall 
Consist of Fiftey families a Market may be Openied and Kept one or 
More Days in Each Week as may be Thought most advantageous to 
the Inhabitants also that the first Meeting For the Choice of Tound 
Officers agreable to the Laws of Our said Province Shall be held on, 
ye Second Tuesday in June Next. 

Which sd meeting Shall be Notifyed by Capt John Hazzen who is- 
hereby also appointed the Moderator of the said First Meeting which 
he is To Notify and Govern agreeable to the Laws and Customs of 
Our said Province and that the Annual meetings forever hereafter for 
the Choice of such oflicers for the said Tound Shall be on the Second 
Tuesday of March annually — 

To Have and To hold the said Tract of Land as above expressed 
together with all Privileges and appurtennance to them and Thire 
Eespective heirs and assigns forever upon the following Considera- 
tions viz — 

1. That Every Grantee his heres or assigns shall Plant and Culti- 
vate Five acres of Land within the Term of Five Years for Every 
Fiftey acres Contained in his or Thire Shares or Pi'opotion of Land ia 
said Toundship and Continue to Improve and Settle the Same by 
additional Cultivations on Penalty of Forfeiture of his Grant or 
Share in the said Toundship and of its Reverting to us Our Heres and 
Successoi'S to be by us and them Regranted to Such of Oar Subjects 
as shall Eflectually Settle and Cultivate the same — 

21y. That all White and Other Pine Trees within the Said Tound- 
ship Fit for Masting Our Royal Navy be carefully Preserved for that 
Use and not to be Cut or felled with Out our special Licence for so 
Doing First had and Obtained upon the Penalty of the Forfeiture of 
the Right of sutch Grantee his Hiers and assigns to us Our hiers 
and Successors as well as Being Subject to the Penalty of an act or 
acts of Parliament that Now are or here after Shall be Enacted — 


Sly That before any Division of the Land be made, To and among 
the Grantees, a Tract of Land as near the' Centre of the s [said] Tound- 
ship as the land will admit of : Shall be Reserved and marked Out 
For Tound Lotts one of which shall be allotted to Each Grantee of 
the Contents of One Acre — 

41y. Yielding and Paying therefor to us Our heirs and Successors 
for the Space of Ten Years to be Computed from the date hereof the 
rent of one Ear of Indian Corn only on the Twentey Fifth Day Decem- 
ber annually if Lawfully Demanded the First Payment To be made 
on the Twentey Fifth Day of December : 1763. 

oly. Every Proprietor Settler or Inhabitant Shall Yield and pay 
unto us Our Heirs and Successors — yearly and Every Year forever 
from and After the Expiration of Ten years from the above sad Twen- 
tey Fifth Day of December Namely en the Twentey Fifth Day of 
December which will be the Year of Our Lord 1773 One Shillings 
Proclamation Money for Every Hundred [acres he so owns Settles or 
Possesses and So in Proportion For a Grater or Lesser Tract of the 
said Land: which money shall be Paid The Respective Parsons abov- 
said thire Hiers or assigns in Our Council Chamber in Portsmouth or 
to sutch Officer or Officers as shall be appinted To Receive the same 
and This 'i'o be in Lieu of all Other Rents and Serviceses Whatsoever — 

In Testimony whereof we have Caused the Seal of Our said Prov- 
ince to be hereunto affixed Witness Benning Wentworth Eqr Our 
Governor and Commander in Cheaf of Our said Province the I8th 
Day of May in the Year of Our Lord Christ One Thousand Seven 
Hundred and Sixty Three and in the Third Year of Our Reign — by 
his Excellencys Command With the advice of Council — 

B Wentvstorth 

T Atkinson Junr. Secry — 

Province of Newhampshire May ye 18 1763 Recorded in the Book 
of Charters Page 397 & 398 
T Atkinson Junr. Secry— 

The Names of the Grantees of Haverhill. 
John Hazzen Jaasiel Harriman 
Jacob Bayley Esq Jacob Kent 
Ephraim Bayley Eleazer Hall 
James Philbrook Samuel Hubbart 
Gideon Gould John Haile Esq 
John Clark Maxey Hazelton 
John Swett Thomas Johnson 
Thomas Emery John Mills 
Benoney Colbourn John Trusial 
Reuben Mills Abraham Dow- 
John Hazzen Junr Uriah Morse 



Edmond Cobley 
David Hall 
Lemuel Tucker 
Edmond Moores Esq 
John White 
Benjamin Moores 
William Hazzen 
Moses Hazzen 
Robert Peaslee 
Timothy Bedel 
John Spaflfbrd 
Enoch Heath 
William Page 
Joseph Kelley 
Aaron Hosmer 
John Harriman 
John Lampson 
Stephen Knight 
John Hall 
David Hulbart 
Simon Stevens 
John Moores 
William Toborn 
David Page 
James White 
Benj Merrill 
Nathaniel Merrill 
John Church 

Enoch Hall 
Jacob Hall 
Benoney Wright 
John Page 
Josiah Little 
John Tapliu Esq 
J ona Foster 
Joseph Blanchard Esq 
Richard Pettey 
Moses Foster 

The Honorable 
James Nevin Esq 
John Nelson Esq 
Theodore Atkinson Junr 
Nathaniel Barrel 
Col William Symes 
William Porter 
John Hastings 
Capt George Marsh 
Maj Richard Emery 
Capt Nehemiah Lovell 
Hon Henry Shorbern Esq 
Maj John Wentworth 
Saml Wentworth Esq of 

Bypeld Loyd Boston 

And his Excellency 
Governor Barnard 

His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq a Tract of Land to 
Contain Five Hundred Acres as Marked B : W : in the Plan which is 
to be accounted two of the within Shares One whole Share for the 
Incorporated Society For the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign 
Parts one whole Shaire for a Glebe for the Church of England One 
Share for the First Settled Minister of the Gospel and one Share for 
the Benefit of a School in said Tound— 

Province of New Hampshire May The 18th 1763 Recorded in the 
Book of Charters Page 399 &c T Atkinson Junr Secry 

The Proprietors at once went to work to assign each 
owner his " right "or " share." The Town was divided into 
sections. First, came the meadow lots of one hundred 
acres each ; then the division of one hundred acre lots ; 
next, the eighty acre lots, and last the north and south 


divisions of forty acre lots. But before any division of the 
land was to be made, a section in the centre of the Town 
was to be set apart for , house lots of one acre for each 
grantee.* All shares were drawn by lot, except in the 
case of a few persons who were privileged to " pitch " their 
" rights," and several also were allowed to have their entire 
"right "in meadow lots. Capt. Hazen and Col. Jacob 
Bailey were allowed such privilege, and a few others who 
doubtless had something to do in getting the cl'.arter. Gov. 
Wentworth's " right " of five hundred acres, rated as two 
shares, was in the north-west corner of the Town, where 
Woodsville is situated, and next south of him was the 
"right" of his Secretary, Theodore Atkinson. All 
numbering of lots was from north to south, but the meadow 
lots were numbered according to the meadow the lots were 
in. For example. Upper meadow had nine lots which were 
numbered from one to nine as situated in that meadow ; 
Horse Meadow had twenty lots and were numbered from 
one to twenty in that meadow, and so on.j 

Some of the grantees of Haverhill were also grantees of 
Xewbury, Vermont. Of many of the names given in the 
list little or nothing is known. Probably some became 
Proprietors simply as a matter of speculation. We learn 
from the Proprietors' records that quite early ' ' rights " were 
sold at public auction for the payment of taxes. These 
rights belonged to persons who in all probability did not 
come to the new settlement, and their lands remaining un- 

*The object it would seem was to have a village street run through 
the centre ol the town, on which the dwellings were to be built, 
with each grantee's land running back from the street. But the 
house lots in Haverhill were laid out along the high ground of the 

fThe names of the meadows beginning at the north were as 
follows : Upper Meadow, Horse Meadow, Wheeler Meadow, Ox Bow, 
Moise Meadow, Bailey Meadow, Oliverian Meadow. 


improved gained little in value, and as a consequence were 
allowed to be confiscated for taxes. 

Of these grantees of prominence who were also grantees, 
of Newbury, and whose interests were more in Newbury 
than in Haverhill, foremost must be mentioned Gep. Jacob 
Bailey. He and Capt. Hazen were warm friends, and acted 
together in. the settlement of the Cohos Country. Gen. 
Bailey became a very conspicuous man in the history of this 
region, and held a high commission during the Revolution- 
ary War, being Commissary General of the Northern Army. 
The Baileys of Newbury and of Haverhill are descendants 
of Gen. Bailey. 

Jacob Kent was also a prominent citizen of Newbury, and 
was the ancestor of the Kents of that Town. Hon. Henry 
O. Kent, the present Naval Officer at Boston, is a grandson 
of Col. Jacob Kent. 

Moses Hazen was a brother of Capt. John Hazen, but 
went to St. Johns, Canada, before the Revolution. At the 
commencement of hostilities, however, he joined the revolu- 
tionists, and took a prominent part in the struggle for inde- 
pendence, coming out of the contest with the rank of 
Brigadier General. He died in Albany, N. Y., in 1785. 

Of the grantees of Haverhill whose interests were more 
particularly with the development and progress of the Town, 
notice is taken in another place so far as anything could be 
learned of them. 



Two remarkable men— Michael Johnston and John Pattie the first settlers, 1761— 
Wintered at Ox Bow— Indians then in possession— Johnston and Pattie return 
to No. 4— A tragic end— Capt. Hazen comes to Cohos in 17()2 with men and 
material for saw-mill and grist-mill- Leading position— Death— Moses Hazen 
and John Hazen confounded — William Hazen-Joshua Howard-Jesse Harriman 
—Simeon Stevens— Thomas Johnson— Col. Timothy Bedel and family— Capt. 
John Page and family— First Marriage— First Family— First Birth— First Death 
— Morse Meadow. 

In the early settlement of the Cohos Country there were 
two men of remarkable energy and force of character. 
They were men of large experience in those stormy times, 
and occupied prominent positions in the communities where 
they lived. One was Jacob Bailey of Newbury, Mass., 
and the other was John Hazen of Haverhill, Mass. Both 
had taken a leading part in the French and Indian war, 
and were in excellent favor with those in authority. Their 
gallant and brave services in the war which had just closed, 
would naturally give them special claim to consideration, 
and when the tide of emigration set into the Connecticut 
Valley, these men directed their energies to the Cohos 
Country, and took early steps for occupancy and possession. 
They worked in harmony. Capt. Hazen was the first to 
send forward men who took possession of the east side of 
the Connecticut river in the summer of 1761, two years 
before a charter of the Town was granted. No doubt there 
was a good understanding between these leaders and the 
authorities at Portsmouth in reference to the occupancy of 
this part of the Connecticut valley. The names of Hazen 
and Bailey stand at the head of the list of grantees of the 
Township of Haverhill. 

The men whom Capt. Hazen sent into the Cohos Country 
in the early summer of 1761, were Michael Johnston 
and JoNN Pattie, both from Haverhill, Mass. They were 


the first white persons who set permanent foot on the soil of 
Haverhill. They came first to No. 4 and then up the Con- 
necticut river, and brought with them some cattle. Before 
the winter set in they built for themselves and their cattle 
shelters at Ox Bow where they found clear intervals, as 
Capt. Powers seven years before had stated in his Journal 
when he and his party passed through the country. This 
cleared land which at some time had been cultivated by the 
Indians in raising corn, was now covered with a heavy 
growth of grass which the two white occupants gathered in 
the fall and fed to their cattle during the winter. Indians 
were then dwelling on these intervals, but they were friendly 
and made no opposition or threatening protests to the occu- 
pancy of these lands by strangers, as they had done in 1752 
when 'preparations were made at that date to take possession 
of the country. 

Johnston and Pattie after their long winter in the wilder- 
ness, embarked in a canoe on the Connecticut river in the 
early summer with the intention of returning to No. 4 and 
their friends. In their journey they met with a sad accident. 
A little above the mouth of White river, in an angry plunge 
of the Connecticut over rocks at a point afterwards known 
as Olcott Falls, the canoe was capsized and the two voyagers 
were thrown into the water, Johnston losing his life. The 
body was washed ashore on an island just below the Falls 
where it was found soon after by a stranger coming up the 
river, and by' whom it was buried in the sand. The island 
now bears the name of Johnston's Island. Pattie escaped 
the fate of his companion by superior skill in swimming, and 
aftetwards .reached No. 4 in safety. Of his after history 
nothing is known. Michael Johnston was a brother of the 
distinguished Col. Charles Johnston who a few years after- 
wards came to Haverhill, and took a prominent part in the 
affairs of the Town. 

In the spring of 1762 Capt. Hazen joined Johnston and 


Pattie with a new force of men, and with material for build- 
ins: a grist mill and a saw mill which he erected on Eoole 
Brook, on the site where afterwards stood the Swasey mill. 

John Hazen was born in 1731, his father's name being 
Moses Hazen, and his mother's Abigail White of Haverhill, 
Mass. He was a man of great force of character and full 
energy and enterprise. The Township of Haverhill was 
granted to him and seventy-four others. By the charter he 
was intrusted with the duty of warning the first Town meet- 
ing, and he was also named in the charter to be the first 
moderator. He was also moderator of the first Proprietors'^, 
meeting. In Town affairs he took a foremost part, and held 
various positions of trust, serving either as moderator, 
selectman, Town-clerk during his residence in the Town. 

Previous to coming to Haverhill he was active, it is said, 
in the settlement of the town of Hampstead, and at one 
time he was a citizen of Plaistow, from which town he was 
enrolled in the New Hampshire militia. He was a brave 
and gallant soldier in the French and Indian war, and 
faced many dangers and saw hard service in the Canadian 
expedition especially before the walls of Quebec. He held 
a Lieutenant's commission in Col.. Meserve's regiment in 
the expedition against Crown Point in 1757, and a Cap- 
tain's commission in Col. Hart's regiment , in 1758. He 
also had a like rank in 1760 in Col. Goff''8 regiment for 
the invasion of' Canada. 

At the close of the war he returned to Haverhill, Mass., 
and soon after undertook with others the settlement of the 
Cohos Country; • He was a large land-owner in Haverhill, 
and built as above stated the first saw-mill and grist-mill in 
the Town. 

Capt. Hazen's leading position in the early settlement 
of the Town is indicated in the fact that he was allowed to 
select meadow lots Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, in Ox Bow, and 
house lots Nos. 31, 32, 33, 34, 35. Mill privileges were 


reserved for the use of the Proprietors ;. All other persons 
~w'ere required to draw for their lots. . 

Capt. Hazen's name which ■ appears repeatedly both in 
the Town and Proprietors' records till 1773, suddenly 
■disappears after that date, and he is supposed to have died 
about that time. No. record is found of his death or burial, 
but he was undoubtedly buried in the grave-yard at Ox 
Bow. No stone marks the resting-place of the founder of 
the Town. John Hazen and Moses Hazen have been con- 
founded. The latter was a gallant officer of high rank 
in the Eevolutionary War. Capt. Hazen married Anne, 
■daughter of John Swett of Haverhill, Mass., whose name 
appears amongst- the grantees of Haverhill, N. H. She 
■died in 1765. They had four children, Sarah, John, and 
two who died in early life. John went with his uncle 
William to New Brunswick, and married Priscilla, daughter 
-of Dr. William McKinstry, and had a numerous family. 
Sarah became the wife of Maj. Nathaniel Merrill, and was 
the mother of a family of twelve children, eleven of whom 
were daughters. Capt. Hazen married a second time, — a 
daughter of Kev. Josiah Cotten, — ^and she after Capt. 
Hazen's death, became the .wife of Henrjr Hancock of 
Lyman. This fact determines the date of Capt. Hazen's 
■death approximately. He was supposed to be a man of 
large property, but it is said after his estate was settled 
there were only $12 left; which were given to his daughter 
Sarah, and with this money she bought a large family Bible 
that is now in possession of Benjamin Hibbard of Piermont. 

Capt. Hazen was a man of great courage. One Oliver 
Willard according to Powers, undertook to thwart his plans 
in regard to the grant of Haverhill, and for this purpose he 
sent some men to take possession of the territory. But 
Hazen had anticipated them, and being in excellent favor 
with the governor of the Province, and having as his ally 
Gen. Jacob Bailey, a brave and resolute man, he had little 


difficulty in gaining a complete victory over his rival. 
Willard was furious at his discomfiture, and threatened to 
take vengeance upon his opponent if he ever caught him 
outside the settlement. The parties soon after met at No. 
4 when the attempt was made to carry out the threat, but 
the doughty Captain it is said was more than a match for 
his rash assailant. 

William, brother of John and Moses Hazen, was a 
proprietor in the original grant of the Town. He went 
early to New Brunswick, and had a family of sixteen child- 
ren, several of whom became connected by marriage with 
some of the first families of the Province, and some held 
high official positions. 

Joshua Howard. — Of those who came with Capt. 
Hazen in the spring of 1762 to put up his mills and begin 
the settlement of the Cohos Country several afterwards became 
prominent. One of these was Joshua Howard, a young 
man from Haverhill, Mass., who lived to the very advanced 
age of 99, dying in 1839. He was one of the grantees of 
Newbury, Vt., and was a townsman of Hazen's in Massa- 
chusetts. With two others he was the first person that came 
direct from Salisbury to Cohos, the usual route being by the 
way of No 4. This was in April, 1762. His companions 
were Jesse Harriman and Simeon Stevens, with an old 
hunter as guide who led them through the wilderness. They 
accomplished the journey in four days, travelling up Baker's 
river and crossing the height of land into what afterwards 
became the town of Coventry, now Benton, thence followed 
down the Oliverian. They were probably the advance force 
of the men whom Capt. Hazen brought to Cohos as already 

Col. Howard lived for some time on an island in the Con- 
necticut river which bears his name. At one time he kept a 
hotel where the County Poor House now stands. He was a 
leading man in the community in his day. In 1787 he was 


one of the selectmen of the Town with Charles Johnston 
and Ezekiel Ladd. He was also on the committee of safety 
for the Town in 1776, and served as a lieutenant in a com- 
pany of rangers in the Revolution. When the Union Con- 
vention met at Windsor, Vermont, for the purpose of 
organizing a state government that should include towns on 
both sides of the Connecticut river, Col. Howard was a 
representative from Haverhill in that convention. Little is 
known of his family. The oldest son, Joshua, died at the 
homestead on Howard's Island. Benjamin went to Ohio, 
and a younger son, Kice, was a sporting man, and spent 
much of his time away from home, chiefly in the South. 
Col. Howard was a man of intelligence, energy, and strict 
integrity, and in religious sentiment would be called a 
Universal ist. 

Jaasiel Haeeiman, one of Howard's companions, came 
from Haverhill, Mass. He was commonly called " Jesse," 
and was a grantee of Haverhill, Bath, and Newbury. He 
remained in Haverhill only a few years and then moved to 
Bath. His was the first family that settled in that town. 
A daughter, Nancy, married Jesse Carleton and afterward 
lived in Haverhill. She was the grandmother of Chester M. 

Simeon Stevens, another of Howard's men, is probably 
the same person as Simon Stevens whose name appears as 
one of the gi-antees of Haverhill. A Simeon Stevens was 
also a grantee of Newbury. Simeon Stevens was a captain 
in Col. Bedel's regiment in 1778. The Stevens family be- 
came quite prominent in Piermont in later days. 

Two other persons appear in company with Capt. Hazen 
in the early settlement of Haverhill, and afterward became 
conspicuous in the history of Cohos. One of these was 
Thomas Johnson, a young man in the service of Gen. 
Bailey. He first lived in Haverhill for a short period, and 
then purchased land in Newbury and became a citizen of 


that town. The name of Johnson is found in the list of 
Newbury grantees. Col. Johnson was an ardent patriot 
during the Revolutionary War, and made himself very 
obnoxious to the British authorities on that account. He 
was at the takino' of Ticonderoffa, and acted as aid to Gen. 
Lincoln. Afterward in 1781 he was taken prisoner at 
Peacham, Vt., by a party of British soldiers and carried to 
Canada, but was allowed to return on parol to Newbury at 
the end of seven or eight months. 

Timothy Bedel was the other person. He was from 
Salem, and after remaining in the employ of Capt. Hazen 
for a year or two, he moved his family to the newly organi- 
zed Town, and settled on Poole brook. He and his family 
were a valuable accession to the population, and added to 
the substantial character of the new settlement. Col. 
Bedel was one of the original Proprietors of Haverhill and 
also of Bath, and was a man of large influence and promi- 
nence in the Town . Previous to the Revolution he lived 
for a short time in Bath. In 1775 he was a member of 
the Provincial Congress of New Hampshire, which met at 
Exeter, but at the breaking out of the War of the Revolu- 
tion, he entered the military service, first as captain of a 
company of rangers, and afterwards as colonel of a regi- 
ment. During the long struggle he raised several regi- 
ments, one of which he led to Canada in 1776 in tiie army 
of Gen. Schuyler when that officer made the attack on 
Montreal. In this campaign Col. Bedel's regiment M^hich 
was stationed at a place called " the Cedars," disgracefully 
surrendered to the enemy, and Col. Bedel suffered much in 
reputation ; but subsequent revelation of the facts in the 
case completely exonerated him, as at the time he was on 
his way to Montreal for reinforcements, and his regiment 
was in command of Maj. Butterfield. The pay-roll of his 
regiment for 1776 is now in possessionof his grandson, 
Hon. Hazen Bedel of Colebrook. He was also in the army 


of Gen. Gates at the baittle of Saratoga when Gen. Bur- 
goyne and his army were eaptufed. 

The first regiment Col. Bedel raised was for the defence of 
the Cohos Country in 1775. This was a body of rangers. 
Afterwards, in 1777, he was in command of a regiment for 
service in the Cohos Country and for the defence of the 
western frontier on the Upper C^iiiecticut river. ■ He also 
raised a regiment in 1778 for a like service when the time of 
the regiment of 1777 had expired, and he was for most of 
the time, after his return from Canada till the close of the 
war, in command of troops stationed in the Cohos Country 
and vicinity. After the Revolutionary War he was appointed 
Major-General of the Second Division of New Hampshire 

He was a man of I^rge endowment and great force of 
character, and was admirably fitted to be a leader of men in 
stirring times. A purer patriot did not engage in the Kevo- 
lutionary struggle. He took a prominent part in the early 
history of Haverhill, in the development of its resources and 
in the advancement of its prosperity, and was a valuable 
citizen of the Town. He was repeatedly called by his fellow 
men to various trusts of honor and responsibility in Town 

Col. Bedel had a family of six children, of whom Gen. 
Moody Bedel was the oldest and most distinguished. One 
daughter, Kuth, married Jacob Bailey, son of Gen. Jacob 
Bailey of Newbury, Vermont. Anna became the second 
wife of Samuel Brooks of Haverhill ; her first husband was 
Dr. Thaddeus Butler. Another was married to Dr. Isaac 
Moore. Drs. Butler and Moore were early physicians of 
Haverhill. Col. Bedel died in 1787. 

Gen. Moody Bedel was born in 1764, and like his father 
was a very prominent citizen of Haverhill. He was married 
twice, first to Ruth Hutchins, and they had a family of nine 
children, all of whom are now dead, but the descendants of 


some of these are numerous in the northern section of the 
state. For his' second wife he married' Mary Hunt of Bath, 
and by this marriage there were also nine children, some of 
whom are still living. Moody resides in Peoria, 111., and 
Louisa is the wife of Warren J. Fisher of Haverhill ; Hazen 
and John Bedel (see Chap. XIX.) ; and Maria L. married 
Rufus Dow. Their son, Charles Dow, was in the War of 
the Rebellion, and now lives in Portage City, Mich., where 
he is post-master. 

Gen Bedel lived at one time in the old toll house at the 
foot of Powder House Hill, and also in a small brick house 
half way up the hill near the old brick yard. He was a man 
of excellent education. At the age of twelve he was present 
with his father. Col. Timothy Bedel, at the battle of Sara- 
toga, and later he enlisted as a private in Capt. Ezekiel 
Ladd's company in his father's regiment. When the AVar of 
1812 broke out he commanded the Sixth Brigade of New 
Hampshire Militia, and was put in charge of the " District 
of New Hampshire for recruiting." Afterwards he was 
Lieutenant-Colonel of the 11th Regiment U. S. Infantry 
and was stationed at Burlington, Yt., and Plattsburg, N. Y., 
but for much of the time, contrary to his wishes, he was kept 
on detached duty on account of his great executive ability. 
In the memorable sortie at Fort Erie he led his regiment 
with conspicuous gallantry and success against the British 
forces, and for his bravery on that occasion he was promoted 
to be Colonel of the regiment. 

At one time he was the possessor of a large property, 
owning not only some of the best meadows on the Connecti- 
cut river in Haverhill, but also large real estate in Bath, in 
Burlington, Vt., and in^ Plattsburg N. Y. He with others 
as early as 1798 purchased from the St. Francis Indians an 
immense tract of land in northern New Hampshire known as 
the " Philip Grant," from the fact that, an Indian called 
" King Philip" signed the deed. They began a settlement 


called the M iDdian Stream Settlement," .but , the War of 
1812 called Gen. Bedel away. After the close of the war 
he returned to the settlement, but the legislature through the 
influence of speculators refused to confirm the "King 
Philip " title, and he became greatly embarrassed, dying in 
1841 a poor man, " owning," as one who knew him well 
says, "not an inch of land." "Gen. Bedel," says the 
Adjutant General's Report, ' ' had faced thei cannon's mouth 
at the ' Sortie of Erie,' but he could not successfully face the 
speculators and interested parties about the legislature." 

"Whilst Gen. Bedel lived at Pittsburg he and his family 
endured many hardships. The mother with three of the 
youngest children returned to Haverhill, and after suffering 
much privation, the family was once more united in one 
home in Bath. 

Gen. Bedel was one of the foremost citizens in Haverhill, 
and took an active and leading part in the affairs of the 
Town. He was distinguished for his enterprise, liberality, 
and ability. The first bridge across the Connecticut river at 
South Newbury was built by him, arid the present bridge is 
known as "Bedel's Bridge." He also built a large brick 
building at the Brook which was afterwards used as a tavern. 

John Page came to Cohos in the early fall of 1762, and 
brought with him only an ax and a small bundle of clothes. 
But he had what was more than gold, — courage and industry. 
He bought a tract of land which has remained in the Page 
family to the preserit time. 

The first winter he was in the employ of Gen. Bailey at 
the Great Ox Bow in Newbury and continued in his service 
until he could pay for his tract of land. His first house was 
built of logs on a knoll on the meadows, which is still 
pointed out. The house and barn were afterwards burnt, 
and he built the frame house in which he lived to the close of 
his life. The house is now owned and occupied by Mrs. 


John Webster, tod has been much Changed from its original 
■style and form. 

The following memoranda, copied from the old family- 
Bible of Capt. Page, give the exact facts of his early 
history : 

John Page born in Lunenburg, Mass., 1741, and moved with his 
father's family to Rindge, N. H., and helped to get a log house built, 
and performed " sutler's duty " and thereby got a lot of land in said 
Eindge. He came to Coos meadows in September, 1762, wintered in 
the Great Ox Bow, took the charge of Gen. Bailey's cattle with one 
■other man and boy, worked for Gen. Bailey and paid for a right of 
land in Haverhill, went to the Upper Coos [Lancaster], worked for 
his uncle David Page, and paid for another right Iti Haverhill. Came 
back to Haverhill, built a log house on the meadow, married Abigail 
Sanders, daughter of Master Sanders of Haverhill, lived with her 
about twelve years. She died of consumption, without children.* 
Married a second wife, Abigail Hazeltine of Concord, N. H., out of a 
good family, and an excellent woman, who died in child-bed of her 
first-born who also died, and both were buried in the same grave. 
Married a third wife, widow Hannah Green, daughter of Eev. Samuel 
Eice of Landaflf, unto whom were born four sons, viz., John, William 
■G., Samuel, and Stephen E. 

Capt. Page belonged to a numerous family. Two of his 
brothers older than himself lost their lives at the taking of 
Louisburg in the French War. He was a man of medium 
height, but powerfully built. He lived on friendly terms 
with the Indians of Cohos, over whom he seems to have had 
very great influence. When they were going to have a 
" high time" on " fire-water," they would put their weapons 
in his hands, so as to avoid the danger of hurting each other 
in their drunken revelries. They had the highest opinion of 
his physical strength and prowess which were taught them 
by an incident that illustrates his keen mother-wit. On 
one occasion when he was cutting wood the Indians chal- 

* The marriage of John Page and Abigail Sanders is the first mar- 
riage recorded in the Town records, and occurred Dec. 18, 1766. 
James Woodward and Hannah Clark were married Dee. 30, 1766, 
according to Town records, and were not, as Grant Powers says, the 
first couple that were joined in wedlock at Cohos. 


lenged him to a trial of strength which he declined, but 
shrewdly waiting hie opportunity he cut off a log a8 large as 
he could lift at one end, and then promptly and with appar- 
ent ease placed one end against his breast. Then he chal- 
lenged any one of them to raise the other end, which of 
course none were able to do. Their untutored minds did 
not understand that to raise the end on the ground whilst 
the other was resting against his breast was equivalent tO' 
lifting the weight of th&,entire log. It is said he could lay^ 
his hand on the back of one of his yoke of oxen and vault 
over both at a single leap. 

Mrs. Edward L. Page who owns and lives on the old 
Page homestead has in her possession the gun which Capt. 
Page used for protection the first winter he spent in the 
Cohos Country. Originally it was about six feet in length, 
but is now a little shorter, the barrel having been cut oiF 
several inches, and a cap-lock has taken the place of the 
old flint-lock. Mrs. Page has also in her possession four 
silver spoons which came into the Page family through Mrs.. 
Hannah Green at the time of her marriage to Capt. Page.. 
They are desert-size, and are said to have been made from 
some French coin and bear the initials W. G. H. — th& 
G. stands for Green, the sur-name of her first husband, the 
W. for William, his Chi-istian name, and H. for HannaK 
her own Christian name. 

What little is known of Mrs. Hannah Green Page 
distinguishes her as a woman of great superiority of mind 
and character. Her influence in moulding the moral and 
intellectual bent and habits of her children was an important 
factor in their training, and left its impress upon their lives 
and character. " In the early history of Haverhill," writes 
a worthy descendant of the family, ' ' I think my grand- 
mother Page was a very important member of that family, 
and a very bright woman, exceedingly smart and energetic. 
Her house, I have heard my father say, was the house of 


the educated'people of those times.' ■ Her- father was the 
Rev. Samuel Rice, and I believe the education ^and advan- 
tages which her sons received were acliieved mainly through 
her influence and exertion." In religioiis belief she was a 
Baptist, and a woman of great exemplariness of life. ■ 

Of Capt. Page's children two died in early life, John 
and Samuel lived to a good and' honored old age.. John 
attended school regularly in his early years, but at- the 
age of fifteen his education was interrupted, and he was 
compelled to relinquish it. This was owing to the financial 
embarrassment of his father, and it was a great disappoint- 
ment to the son, though he cheerfully aided his father in 
redeeming the homestead from debt. He became a promi- 
nent citizen in town and state, and held many places . of 
trust and honor, selectman, representative, register of deeds, 
councillor, United States senator to fill ex-Gov> Hill's 
unexpired tern'i, and governor in 1839-41. Gov. Page 
was engaged chiefly in farming, and took an active part in 
securing the building of the Boston, Concord & Montreal 
Railroad. He married a daughter of Maj. Nathaniel 
Merrill, aiid they had a family of nine children. In the 
War of 1812 he held a Lieutenant's commission, and served 
■a short period on the northern frontier of New Hampshire. 
He was strongly attached to the Methodist church, and at 
his death he bequeathed the sum of $1000 for the use of 
the church at Haverhill Corner. Gov. Page died in 1865^ 

John A., second son of Gov. Page, (see Chap. XIX.) 
Several of the sons moved to the West. Nathaniel M. 
lives in Haverhill where the old Towle tavern stood. He 
is the only representative in Haverhill of the Gov. Page 
family. Edward L. lived till his death on the old home- 
stead, and was a man of bright mind and of pleasing man- 
ners. He died of consumption. 

The only daughter, Sarah H., married Dr. ■ Dickey of 
Xiyme, Vvho died a few years ago. She was a woman of 


■■'■-' ■ •: h'vf;(» ^'fj; 
most noble and. generous character, and an unselfish and 

devo,t;ed|.Cl)ristiap. A young man from Lyme, a member 

of I)aj:t!D( College, who -yvas trying to work his w;ay 

along, got discouraged and finally concluded he would quit 

school, -...Mrs. Dickey hea^d of the case and sent for the 

discouraged student. "John," she said, "I learn you 

intend to quit college. What is the reason?" " I have no 

money." " We have concluded that it is our duty to let 

you have what you need." The young man went through 

college, and is now a most useful man, having taught with 

distinguished success for seventeen years in a western city. 

Samuel Page, brother of Gov. Page, was born in 1793, 
and lived and died in Haverhill. He was married twice. 
His first wife was a daughter of Maj. Nathaniel Merrill, and 
by this marriage there was one child, Louisa M., now Mrs. 
Babcock, (see Chap. XIX.) His second wife was Eliza 
Swasey, daughter of Obadiah Swasey of North Hayerhill. 
They had a numerous family. William H., the oldest, has 
always been a citizen of Haverhill, with the exception of a 
few years when he lived in Piermont. He is a man of excel- 
lent business judgment, and has been very successful both as 
a farmer and as a merchant. He is now the senior member 
of the firm of W. H. Page & Son, which does a large 
general merchantile business. Mr. Page is one of the first 
citizens of the Town, though he has never taken a very 
prominent part in public matters. Whilst living in Pier- 
mont. he represented that town for four years in the legisla- 
ture, and was a member, of -the committee on finances. He 
is a deacon in the Cpngregational church. His wife was 
Mary E. Poor of Piermont, and they have two sons, Charles 
P. and Fred W . , the former in business with his father. 

Of Samuel Page's other children, Elizabeth, a large- 
hearted and intelligent woman, married Jonathan S. Nichols, 
and Samuel lives on the old homestefid. Harriet marr'ied 
Simeon C. Senter of Thetford, and is a woman of superior 


Christian character. One of the daughters, Josephine, 
resides in Kansas. Hannah, who became Mrs. Bowen, 
died a few years after her marriage, and Ellen who married 
Milo Bailey, is also deceased. Mary, a lady of attractive 
manners, makes Haverhill her more permanent home. The 
youngest daughter, Emily, is the wife of Rev. C. N. Flan- 
ders of Newport. The youngest son, Moses S., (see Chap. 

Mr. Samuel Page was a man of sterling integrity and 
pure character, unostentatious, and of plain manners. He 
represented the Town in the legislature, and served a number 
of years in the board of selectmen. He and Mrs. Page died 
in 1877, only a day or two apart, and were buried at the 
same time. 

The first family that came to Cohos was Uriah Morse and 
his wife, in June, 1762, They were from Northfield, Mass., 
and settled near the mouth of Poole brook. It was with 
Uriah and his wife that Capt. Ilazen and his men boarded in 
that year, and their house may be considered the first tavern 
in the new settlement, as it was the stopping-place for 
strangers who came to Cohos. At this house in the spring 
of 1763 the first English child was born, but the little 
stranger survived its advent only a few days. Here also 
occurred the first death in the new settlement. It was that 
of a Miss of eighteen summers, and it would seem that 
Polly Harriman had made a very favorable impression on 
the sturdy pioneers of the Town, as her name comes down to 
us in this fragrant eulogy : " her death was much lamented," 
a memorial worth more than granite shaft. ' ' Morse 
meadow " got its name from that of Uriah Morse, who also 
at a Proprietors' meeting in 1763 was allowed to have 
"pitch" No. 1 in that meadow. This was probably due 
to the double fact, — first, being the head of the earliest 
family in the new settlement, and second, because he made 
himself especially valuable in boarding Capt, Hazen's men. 



Character and energy of the men— Their training and education— Rapid settlement 
— Jesse Johnson — John White — James Bailey— Elisha Lock — Johathan Zanders 
—James Woodward— Uriah Stone— Jonathan Elklns— John Taplin— Ezekiel 
Ladd — Hoses Little — Haywards — Timothy Barron — James Abbott— William 
Eastman — John Hurd — Max! Hazeltine— Joseph Hutphlns— Simeon Goodwin 
Jonathan Hale — ^Thomas Simpson — Ephraim Wesson — Charles Johnston^Asa 
Porter — ^William Porter — Andrew S. Crocker— Nathaniel Merrill— William 
Merrill — Joseph Pearson — Samuel Brooks— The Morses — Joseph Bliss— Joshua 
Toung— Amos Kimball— William Cross— John Osgood— The Carrs— The Swana 
— Obadiah Swasey— Moor Russell — The Gooklns — Asa Boynton — John Mont- 
gomery— Ross Coon— Glazier Wheeler— Parker Stevens- William Tarleton. 

After the charter of Haverhill was granted to Capt. 
Hazen and his associates, settlers poured into th'e territory, 
and those who came were generally young and enterprising 
men. In this as in a former chapter I shall note sucK of the 
more prominent in regard to whom anything of public 
interest can be learned. Of some only the name is preserved, 
whilst of others a few facts or traditions have floated down 
on the tide of the years to tell their life and character. As 
a class, the early settlers were picked men whom ambition or 
love of achievement brought into the new settlement. They 
were brave and sturdy men and women, not afraid, to 
encounter hard labor and vexatious delays in their endeavop 
to found new and prosperous homes. The opening was one 
of the most inviting and promising in all the Connecticut 
valley, so that the Cohos wilderness was rapidly settled.* 

The sketches are given, as far as can be learned, in the 
order.of time when these earlier settlers came into the Town. 

Jesse Johnson has the honor of standing at the head of 
the list of town-clerks. He was chosen to that ofiice ia 
Plaistow, June 13, 1763. His name appears in the list of 
Newbury grantees. 

* The population as early as 1767 wag 172 persons,— 99 males, 73 fe- 
males, 3 slaves, no widows, and only one person over 60 years of age. 


John White was the first selectman in 1763, and was 
a grantee of the Town. He served as First Lieutenant in 
Col. Bedel's regiment in the Revolutionary War. 

Jame^ . Bailey was also a selectman in the first board, 
and took a very active and prominent part in the affairs of 
the Cohos settlement. In 1763 he was one of the committee 
to "bound out" the Town. He was the first treasurer 
of the Town, and often aided in various positions in the 
management of Town matters. In the French and Indian 
War he was a brave and energetic officer, and held the rank 
of major. He also took an active part in the Revolutionary 
struggle, having charge of several scouting parties that were 
sent out from Haverhill in the early part of the war. In 
1777 he v^as a meinber of the Provincial Congress at Exeter, 
and with Col. Johnston and others he served as committee of 
safety, and of correspondence for Haverhill.* In the Pro- 
prietors' records he is styled "James Bailey, Esq." Soon 
after the Revolution. he removed to Newbury, Vt. 

Elisha Lock was one of the pioneer business men of 
Haverhill, who early began to develope the resources of the 
Town. He built and owned mills at the Oliverian falls, and 
was associated in these enterprises with Col. Timothy Bedel. 
He was moderator in 1765, and also served as selectman and 
town-clerk. The records show that he was not a skilled 
penman, but he was a man of enterprise and energy, and 
exerted much influence in business matters. 

Jonathan Sanders came from Hampton in 1763, and 
settled on a tract which in after years was the late Samuel' 
Page pla,ce. His was the first settlement south of Caipt. John 
Page's. Mr. Sanders like his neighbor Eastman was 
greatly annoyed by the long controversy between the Town 
and Piermont in regard to the disputed boundary. He 

* These committees were chosen in many of the towns, one for 
purposes of safety, and the Other to gather information concerning 
the situation of things during the period of tlie Revolution. 


served ip the board qf geleqtmen i-q. ,1766. , One of his 
daughters became the wife, of Capt,.. John Page, and a,nother 
married a Mr, Fifield, and was ^he maternal grandmother of 
Dea..G.roye S.. Stevens. Xwo^f Mr. Sander's sons enlisted 
in the Revolutipnary ^^''ar. Mrs, Ethan Broek is a descend- 
ant of Jonathan Sarlders. 

Jajhes Wqopwaed. .also came in 1763 at the age of 
twenty-two, and was, for, a long terjn of years a very promi- 
nent, citizen of the Town. lie was from Hampstead. His 
iirst house was built on the meadow near the river, and the 
foupdations or stoneg which formed, the foundations and 
chimney, are still visible at low water, the bank of the river 
having been carried away in flo.od-time in the course of years 
of abrasion. The great flood of 1771 drove him back upon 
the high ground, where . he built his second house. This 
house or part of it. is still standing, and is the second north 
of James Woodward's present residence, and is known as 
the old Judge W.ood ward place. Fpf several years he lived 
alone in his priniative house on the river's bank, clearing 
away the trees and walking to what afterwards became the 
Dow farm , where he took his meals. This, however, grew 
monotonous in time, and the young pioneer looked about for 
a companion to share with him his home. Marriageable 
young women were not numerous in those frontier-days, but 
Woodward's opportunity soon presented itself, and he was 
sagacious and brave enough to accept it. 

It was in this wise. A year after Woodward came to 
Haverhill Judge Ladd moved into the same neighborhood, 
and with him was a winsome young Miss whom Judge Ladd 
brought, to the new settlement for a purpose of his own. 
Young Woodward in beconiing acquainted with the fair new- 
comer also conceived a purpose of his own, which hovrever 
was not the same as that of the Judge's, but which he never- 
theless on, suitable occasions ainaed to carry out. Hannah 
Clark and the gallant yov^g farmer soon came to a tacit 


understanding in the matter of their feelings, and the latter 
when this became known to Judge Ladd's family, was given 
to understand that his presence was not as agreeable to them 
as his room. But for " ways that are dark " and tricks that 
were not in vain, the brave young suitor and his blooming 
love were " too many" for the Ladd household. So on a 
fine afternoon according to previous arrangement, just as the 
sun was in his last hour before setting, Hannah and a friend 
took a walk down the path toward the river, and coming to 
Woodward's little house they quickly turned in, and the 
young lovers were immediately united in marriage by the 
obliging clergyman from Newbury, who with a friend of the 
happy couple were awaiting the arrival of Hannah at that 
point. Immediately after the ceremony Hannah returned to 
her home at Judge Ladd's, and continued in the service of 
the family, whilst the victorious husband kept on toiling at 
his work. But soon the secret got out, and Mrs. Ladd with 
motherly wisdom and kindly feeling told Hannah that she 
might go and live with her husband. So she made haste to 
get to the little house on the river-bank. 

Judge Woodward was married twice. His second wife 
was Elizabeth Pool of Hollis, who lived till 1846. Of his 
large family, all children of his first wife, one son was a 
physician in Barnstead, and the other sons were generally 
farmers. Joshua remained on the old homestead, whose son 
James is now living on Ladd Street. 

Judge Woodward was prominent in Town matters, holding 
positions of trust and honor, and was the Town's first repre- 
sentative to the legislature. He was appointed one of the 
justices of the Court of Sessions, and held the office a 
number of years. He was a man of character and influence, 
and left behind him an honorable record. He died in 1821. 

The early setttlers on the meadows when they cleared their 
lands drew or rolled the logs into the river as the easiest way 
to get rid of them. Timber was valueless at that time, and 


burning logs did not seem to be the custom. Samuel Ladd 
had a lot a little away from the river, and spoke to Judge 
"Woodward of his perplexity about getting the logs off of his 
ground. The Judge engaged to do the job, and drew the 
logs into heaps preparatory to burning them, but Mr. Ladd 
not understanding the object of piling the logs remonstrated 
with him, and told him that that was not the agreement he 
made. The Judge becoming impatient with Mr. Ladd's 
interference threatened to administer to him some birch bark, 
whereupon Mr. Ladd thinking discretion the better part of 
valor withdrew, and the Judge finished the job. 

Uriah Stone deserves mention not for any influ- 
ential part he had in the history of the Town, — for he 
moved away too soon for that, — but because of his relation 
to a subsequent prominent historical event. He with his 
young wife came to Haverhill from Hampstead in 1763 or 
1764 amongst the first settlers, and built himself a log 
cabin not far from where Bedel's bridge now stands. This 
house was washed away by high water, and Uriah went 
down the river to Piermont and built a log house just west of 
the present Benjamin Hibbard place. He was a German, and 
his original name was Stein, the German word for stone. 
In his youth he was a soldier in the old French War, and he 
is said to have been a man of excellent character and of 
much energy and activity. There were, of course, as yet no 
bridges in those days over the Connecticut, and Uriah Stone 
conceived the plan of running a ferry across the river at his 
place for the accommodation of the public. Saw-mills there 
were none near by to cut out the plank for the boat, but the 
energetic and broad-shouldered German was equal to the 
emergency, and with his own stout hands he hewed the logs 
and built his boat, and here for years promptly answering 
the " Ferry-Ho," he lived and ferried people across the river 
between Piermont, Haverhill, and Moretown, then the name 
of Bradford. 


He also cleared and cultivated a l^rge farm' and carried on 

a tannery. After a few years he built the present Hibbard 

house which is now abouit a hundred years old. Meantime a 

large family of thirteen grew upon his hands, and the years 

rolling on this sturdy pioneer was carried in 181 & to his last 

resting-place in the old Piermont grave-yard. On the stone 

that marks his grave is one of those quaint inscriptions which 

were common a century agoi and which fuay be found in 

many an old grave yard, — 

" You may go home and dry your tears, 
I must lie here till Christ appears." 

Mr. Stone was very ingenious and skillful. His wife 
having broken the only sugar bowl she had, and not being 
able to replace it in the new country, her husband carved her 
one from a knot, which is now in possession of a descendant 
of the family, Mrs. A. P. Webster of Plymouth, and is said 
to be really beautiful in form and workmanship. 

In those earlier days the people depended a good deal on 
wild game for their meat. The forests abounded in deer and 
the streams were alive with fish. One day a deer came 
down to the river on the further bank and quenched its 
thirst, and then plunging in swam to the opposite shore -just 
in front of Uriah's house within easy reach of the rifle. 
Mrs. Stone who had been taught the use of the rifle by her 
husband, put her skill into practice and shot the animal. 
The antlers of the deer are now in possession of the only 
descendant of the Stone family living in Haverhill. 

As illustrating the religious ideas of the times the follow- 
ing incident in the Stone family is given. The Sabbath was 
kept with great strictness, and as the family was rather 
numerous it was necessary to divide the children into two 
sections, each going to church on alternate Sabbaths. Tliose 
remaining at home were solemnly commanded not to play 
out-doors, nor hunt eggs in the barn, nor pick berries by the 
road-side, and in addition to these prohibitions they were 


required to commit portions of the catechism to memory. 

But the hours were fong in the warm days of Summer, find. 

when the children got through on a certain Sabbath learning 

the parts assigned them, they set themselves to making 

rhymes and: parodies on some of the declarations of that 

ancient religious document. They were, so highly pleased 

with their success in this new departure of life that they 

enthusiastically vociferated the parodies and rhymes in the 

ears of their reverent and devout parents on their return from 

church. This was such a sore grief to their pious hearts 

that they sent for the minister to come and administer an ap- 

propriatie reproof to those young sinners. The good man 

came, and arrayed before him were the wicked rhymesters. 

One by one he read the parodies, but the quick eyes of the 

little culprits detected a lurking smile in the countenance of 

the benignant dominie, so that when he came to the couplet, — 

" Job felt the rod 
Down by Cape Cod.'" — 

the ludicrousness of the thing, was too much for even a 
decorous minister of the olden times, and bursting into an 
open laugh he dismissed the transgressors with a gentle 

But to return to the " historical event." One of Uriah's 
sons,, George Washington, a child of the Revolutionary age 
as his name indicates, went to , Canada, and a daughter of 
his, Melvina, became the wife of Eev. William Arthur, D. 
D. and their son, Chester A. was the late Chester A. 
Arthur, President of the United States. 

There is still one person in Haverhill who is a lineal 
descendant of Maj. Uriah Stone, — Miss Hattie C. Rogers of 
Court Street, in whose possession are the deer antlers above 
mentioned, and she and the late President Arthur were in 
blood second cousins. 

Jonathan Elkins and family were a valuable acquisi- 
tion to the new settlement. They came from Hampstead in 


1764, and settled near the Dr. Carleton place. Mr. Elkins 
remained in Town about ten years, and then moved to 
Peacham, Vt. He has been called the "father" of that 
town. His wife, before her marriage, was Elizabeth Rowell 
of Chester. They had a large family, and their son Harvey 
was the first white child born in Peacham. Theirs was also 
the first house which was built in that town. Owing to the 
disturbed condition of the Cohos Country, and the dangers 
from Indians during the Revolution, the family was com- 
pelled to move back to Haverhill once or twice. At one 
time Dea. Elkins was a scout or pilot in Col. Bedel's regi- 
ment. He was a man of great excellence of character, 
good judgment, large ability, and influential and prominent 
as a citizen both in Haverhill and in Peacham. In the 
formation of the Congregational church at Peacham he was 
a prime mover and its first deacon. 

Dea. Elkins' son Jonathan had a prominent career. He 
was captured by the English and Indians in an attack upon 
Peacham in 1781, and carried to Quebec, from whence he 
was taken to England, and with others cast into prison, 
where he remained till near the close of the war, when he 
was exchanged and returned to his native country. Previous 
to his capture he was a scout in Col. Hazen's regiment which 
was stationed along the military road from Haverhill to 
Peacham . 

Col. Elkins after his return from capture lived in Peacham 
till 1836, when he moved to Albion, N. Y. He was 
married twice. His second wife was Mrs. Eunice 
Stoddard Sprague, the widow of lawyer Sprague of Haver- 
hill, of whom the tradition comes down that she wais a 
woman of elegant manners and brilliant mind, and of great 
worth. Of the children by this marriage Henry who mar- 
ried a daughter of Obadiah Swasey of Haverhill, is a 
prominent lumber-merchant of Chicago. A grandson of 
Dea. Elkins went to New Orleans and became very wealthy. 


John Taplin was a grantee of Haverhill, and was town- 
clerk at a special meeting in 1765. He was active in the 
developement of the Town in the first years of its settlement, 
but seems early to have gone to Newbury, Vt. , where before 
the Revolution he held official position under the a-ppointment 
of the Governor of New York which at that time claimed 
jurisdiction over Vermont. During the Revolution he with 
others was involved in a conspiracy to hand the Cohos 
Country over to the British. He was a man of standing, 
notwithstanding his sympathy with the royal cause. 

EzEKiEL Ladd moved to the Cohos Country in 1764. 
He and his wife were from Haverhill, Mass., and were 
in comfortable circumstances, with social standing, and 
accustomed to the refinements of life at that day. Mrs. 
Xiadd relates that on the first Sabbath after their arrival in 
the new settlement when they went to church at the Ox Bow, 
she and her husband thought it would be only proper that 
they should appear in their best clothes. But the people 
-were rather plain in their dress and looked upon the new 
comers as aristocratic, whose presence was studiously avoid- 
ed. Appearing the following Sabbath in a plainer garb, she 
a,nd her husband found the people most cordial and sociable. 

Judge Ladd's house was situated on the east side of Ladd 
street between the school-house and the Azro Bailey place, 
-where he lived for fifty years until his death in 1818, dying 
at the age of eighty. He was one of the very earliest 
tavern-keepers in the Town, was also engaged in the tannery 
business, and was a rnan of prominence in the settlement. 
He served as selectman for a number of years, and was also 
treasurer of the Town and one of the judges of the Court 
■of Sessions. 

Judge Ladd's wife was Ruth Hutchins before her marriage, 
and they had a large family. The oldest daugbter married 
Joshua Young, and another became the wife of Jacob Bailey 
■of Newbury. Ezekiel, Jr., who married Elizabeth Swan, 


was the father of Caroline and of Horatio Nelson Ladd who 
died a few years ago. Moody Lad^ lived in a house oppo- 
site Mrs. Azro Bailey's, which afterwards was moved and 
became the kitchen of the Bailey house. 

With Judge Ladd, or soon after, came five of his brothers, 
and later still a sister, all of whom settled on Ladd street. 
Samuel Ladd lived where James Woodward now resides ; 
John Ladd who married into the Eastman family of North 
Haverhill, built the Henry Bailey house ; David Ladd lived 
in the Clifford house ; James Ladd lived across the road 
from the Cross house, and Jonathan Ladd's house was the 
old grist-mill house, and is part of the house now occupied 
by Mr. A. W. Lyman. 

Of the eighty or more Ladds whose names come down to 
us, who either moved into Haverhill from Massachusetts, or 
who were born here, not one now remains of that name. 
Miss Caroline and Horatio Nelson Ladd were the last of the 
family in Haverhill. 

Samuel Ladd, mentioned above, had a son Samuel who 
lived in a house just south of James Woodward's residence, 
a little back of the large willow which is standing at the 
road-side. Samuel, Jr., was a bright and handsome inn- 
keeper in 1790, and was in the early years of widowerhood. 
This willow has a very romantic story connected with it. 
In this same year Dr. Jonathan Arnold of St. Johnsbury, 
who was a lonely bachelor, went to Charlestown to spy out 
a wife, in which mission after some entreaty he was success- 
ful in winning the heart of Cynthia Hastings, and arrange- 
ments were immediately made for their marriage and return 
to St. Johnsbury. The journey was made on horse-back, 
and on the morning of their start a roguish cousin of the 
young bride handed her a willow stick with the request that 
she might use it to urge on her horse when his spirits needed 
quickening, and after she got through with it for that pur- 
pose, she might plant it by the door of her second husband. 


The last words were a sly hit at the Doctor's age which was 
considerably above that of his young bride. The willow 
stick, however, was accepted in good part, and the journey 
was begun. On the evening of the second day they arrived 
at Haverhill, and stopped at the inn of Samuel Ladd, Jr., 
for the night. The next morning as they were ready to 
proceed on their way the gallant landlord presented Mrs. 
Arnold with a new stick, and the old one was left behind. 
After Dr. Arnold and his bride had started out the willow 
stick was planted in the door-yard, and came to be the large 
tree now standing on the site of the Samuel Ladd tavern. 
Dr. Arnold died within a few years, and his young widow 
on her way to Charlestown to visit her friends, had occasion 
to spend the night in Haverhill at the Ladd tavern. Being 
invited to make her home at the Ladd inn whenever she had 
occasion to pass that way, she accepted the courteous invita- 
tion, and afterwards became the wife of the friendly young 
landlord, and saw the willow stick which her cousin pre- 
sented to her on the morning of her first marriage, grow to 
be a large tree, and his good natured mock-words turned 
into a prophecy. 

Cynthia Hastings Arnold by her first husband had two 
children, Lemuel Hastings and Freelove who came with their 
mother to Haverhill when she married Samuel Ladd, Jr. 
Lemuel Hastings Arnold in after life became prominent in 
Rhode Island, and was governor of the state and a member 
of Congress. Freelove married Noah Davis of Haverhill, 
and became the mother of the distinguished Judge Noah 
Davis of New York. She was tall and graceful whilst her 
husband was correspondingly short. Both the Arnold 
children were educated at Haverhill Academy. When 
Lemuel Hastings Arnold ran for governor of Rhode Island, 
one of the points made against him was that he was born in 

One of Samuel Ladd's daughters by his marriage with 


Mrs. Arnold became the wife of Jeremiah G. Farman, son 
■of Dea. Chester Farman of Haverhill. Another daughter 
whose maiden name was Martha H., now Mrs. M. H. Goss, 
is still living in Waterford, Vt., at the age of 87. 

Moses Little. — A person by this name took an active 
part in the Proprietors' matters. The name also appears 
amongst the grantees of Newbury. Whether the Moses 
Little of Haverhill was the same as the Col. Moses Little 
•of Newbury, Mass., a brave officer in the Revolution, is 
not clear but quite probable. Moses Little was one of the 
principle grantees of Littleton and other towns. He pur- 
•chased the Gov. Wentworth ' ' right " of 500 acres on 
which Woodsville is built, and which remained in the family 
for many years. He was appointed in 1773 one of the first 
justices of the Court of Sessions for Grafton County, but he 
-declined the honor on account of ' ' other business out of this 
[New Hampshire] Province." Indeed, it does not appear 
that he was a citizen of Haverhill for any considerable length 
of time. He seems to have been a large land owner. 

The Haywakds were active in the early history of the 
Town, Joshua being a selectman. When the Courts were 
■established in Haverhill, 1773, he was one of the first jurors. 
He also did honorable service in the Revolutionary struggles, 
and was Major of the 12th Regiment N. H. Militia. Jona- 
than Hayward's name appears as one of a committee of the 
Town called the "committee of inspection," and was 
associated with Col. Charles Johnston and other prominent 

Timothy Barron held a captain's commission in 1775 in 
Col. Bedel's regiment, and took an active part in the Revo- 
lution. He was one of a committee to " see that the results 
of the Continental Congress were observed in Haverhill," 
and was also on the committee of safety. He served as 

James Abbqtt was moderator in 1767. He was active 


in public matters, and held various positions of trust and 
honor. In 1777 he was appointed one of a committee by th& 
Town to confer with similar committees from other towns in 
reference to the safety of the Cohos region at that time. 
After the Revolution he moved to Groton, Vt., and was on& 
of the first settlers in that town. His name appears in the. 
Town records of Haverhill as " Dea. Abbott." 

William Eastman came to Haverhill about 1766, and 
lived for a shoit season on Ladd street. Afterwards he 
moved to Bath. His mother, Harriet Eastman, was carried 
away by the Indians to Canada when they made their attack, 
on Haverhill, Mass., in 1697, and was kept there three 
years. Her husband found her with a friendly French*, 
family in concealment from the Indians. 

Of William Eastman's children, Obadiah lived for many- 
years in Haverhill, but died in Littleton, and a daughter of 
his, Rebecca, married Nathaniel Rix, a prominent man of 
that town. James purchased the Maj. Merrill farm, and 
lived to be 99 years old. His son Eber came into posses- 
sion of a part of it after his father's death, and still resides 
on it living with H. L. Woodward who now owns the farm. 
He relates that his father in the early history of the Town 
hunted moose along the Ammonoosuc. Eber's brother Joel 
had an inventive turn of mind. 

Eber Eastman in early life devoted himself to teaching,, 
and for six or eight years was superintendent of schools in 
Haverhill. He also represented the Town in the legislature 
in 1843—4, and is at the age of 84 of bright and quick mind,, 
a man of gentle and refined manners, and a most estimable 
citizen. He published some years ago an account of his 
great-grandmother's capture and rescue. He sent the author 
a few years ago the Lord's Prayer as a souvenir, written on 
a card about the size of a postage stamp, in a beautiful 
hand, so fine that it can be read only with glasses, but each 
letter is perfectly formed. 


Four of the sons of "William and Rebecca Eastman were 
soldiers in the War of the Eevolution. James was the first 
one to bring the news of the surrender of Cornwallis to 
Haverhill, on which occasion Col. Johnston brought out the 
little field piece and fired a salute in honor of the great 
event. Mrs. Geo. E. Eastman and Herbert Eastman of 
North Haverhill are great-grandchildren of William and 
Rebecca Eastman. 

John Hued became a citizen of Haverhill at an early 
period of its settlement, and lived at Horse meadow. He 
came from Portsmouth, and was a man of great prominence 
and influence in all this section. Previous to his living in 
Portsmouth he was a lawyer in Boston, and after he moved 
to the former place he became secretary to Gov. Wentworth. 
His name was inserted in several of the charters in this 
vicinity, and the county records show that he was much 
interested in lands in the new country, owning tracts in many 
of the towns of Grafton county. It was through his influ- 
ence that the courts were brought to Haverhill. He acted 
as agent of the Town in the matter, and was to receive 
as compensation for his services if successful a tract of one 
thousand acres in a " square pitch " of unoccupied land. 
Afterwards some difficulty arose, and it would seem that he 
did not receive the full reward of his success in securing the 
courts at Haverhill. This doubtless had something to do 
with his leaving Haverhill, between whose citizens and him- 
self there had sprung up " mutual disaffection." 

Col. Hurd was a man of large public spirit. In 1774 he 
petitioned the General Court for aid to complete a road 
" from the lower country to Haverhill." It would seem that 
before that date a road had been granted, but had not been 
finished. This unfinished road is described in the petition 
as " expensive and dangerous to man and beast, miry, 
rooty, and narrow, with bad pitches." And further it was 


" tedious and hazardous" for the judges to travel on to and 
from Haverhill. 

He took a deep interest in the Revolutionary struggle, and 
was in command of a regiment, but on account of physical 
infirmity he was prevented from taking an active part in the 
field, writing in 1777 to the committee of safety at Exeter, 
thus : "I am extremely chagrined that my infirm limbs 
will not permit me to share the toils and dangers of the field 
with my countrymen." However, he was an influential man 
in advancing the cause of the patriots, and was in constant 
communication with Gov. Weare, the president of the Pro- 
vincial Congress of New Hampshire. He had the general 
charge of troops — a sort of war minister — at Cohos, to "fix 
them oflF" for Canada, and was one of the Town committee 
to direct scouting parties. Whilst a member of the Provin- 
cial Congress he served on various important committees, — 
to draft a declaration of independence, to draw a plan for 
the government of New Hampshire, to prescribe an Oath for 
the Provincial Congress, — and was a prominent and influen- 
tial member of that body. 

He also held other important official positions. When 
the Court of Sessions was organized he was appointed one 
of the justices of that court, and held that office till 1778. 
He was also Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, 
though this last court, on account of the Revolution, did not 
hold sessions till the close of that Struggle. In addition to 
these positions he was county treasurer and the first register 
of deeds for Grafton county, a member of the governor's 
council, and receiver of quit rents. 

Col. Hurd went from Haverhill to Boston at the close of 
his official term as register of deeds, which was in 1778. 
Nothing is known of his characteristics except what can be 
gathered from his public career. He was a man of 
undoubted ability and great force of character, full of 
energy and enterprise, and exerted a wide influence in the 


early history of this region. He was noted for his beautiful 
hand-writing, and was a man of culture, having graduated 
from Harvard College in 1747, and received the honorary 
degree of A. M. from Dartmouth College in 1773. 

Of his family nothing is learned except that some of his 
children went to Ohio, and it is a little singular that Kev. 
Grant Powers, in his History of the Cohos Country, says 
nothing concerning Col. Hurd except that a valuable cow 
which he brought from Portsmouth to Haverhill, by way of 
No. 4, returned safely to her old home in a direct course 
alone through the forest ! 

Maxi Hazeltine was a grantee of Haverhill, and as 
early as 1770 a selectman. He took a prominent part in 
Town affairs, and was on a committee whose duty it was to 
' ' see that the results of the Continental Congress are duly 
observed in that [Haverhill] town." After the Revolution 
he moved to Bath. 

Joseph Hutchins came to Haverhill at an early date, 
and was a selectman for several years. He was also a 
representative of the Town for two terms, and in 1791 his 
name appears in the records with that of Moses Dow as a 
representative for that year. He was one of a committee to 
" see that the results of the Continental Congress were 
observed in Haverhill," and was a member of the committee 
of safety in 1775-6. He also took an active part in the 
Revolutionary War, being in command of a company of 
rangers in 1780. In 1788 he was a delegate to the con- 
vention that adopted the Federal Constitution and voted in 
the negative, and in 1791 he was in the convention to revise 
the constitution of New Hampshire. Of his family nothing 
is learned, and the Hutchins of Bath do not claim immediate 
relationship with it. He was evidently a man of affairs, and 
was often associated in public matters with the leadino- men 
of Haverhill, and the faCt that he was a member of the 
convention that adopted the Federal Cbnstit'ution would seem 


to indicate his character and ability and importance as a 
citizen of the Town. 

Simeon Goodwin's name appears early in the history of 
Haverhill as a man prominent in affairs. He was repeatedly 
called to posts of responsibility, and was on the committee 
of safety, and on special committees of conference with other 
committees for the protection of the Cohos Country during 
the Revolution. He was also appointed a coroner for Graf- 
ton County. 

Jonathan Hale took an active part in the Revolutionary 
War, and was a member of the committee of safety during 
that struggle. He with others was also in general charge 
of the scouting parties which were sent but during the 
Revolution from Haverhill. In the great alarm of 1776, 
when the American forces were defeated at Ticonderoga, and 
when it was thought that the enemy would take immediate 
possession of the Cohos Country, Maj. Hale was sent to 
Exeter to give the alarm and to ask for aid. He also 
secured arms and powder for the Town on several occasions. 

Thomas Simpson was a captain of rangers in the Revo- 
lution, and was prominent in that struggle. He was also 
active in Town affairs, and held positions of trust and honor. 
He was something of a rhetorician. In a petition for a 
pension on account of loss of eye and other wounds, he 
closes his request with these glowing words : " That he 
may express in strains of gratitude the liberality of that 
country in whose service he had spent the best of his days, 
and in whose defense he more than once shed cheerfully the 
crimson flood of life." Thomas deserved a pension. 

Ephraim Wesson came to Haverhill some time before 
the Revolution from Pepperell, Mass. He saw much hard 
service in the Old French War. In 1755 he was in the 
expedition against Crown Point, entering the army as a 
lieutenant. Subsequently he was at the taking of Louis- 
burg and in the attack on Ticonderoga, and served in all the 


battles of note at that period. During his residence in 
Haverhill he was a very prominent citizen of the Town, and 
took a leading part in all public aiFairs. He was called to 
many positions of responsibility, being moderator and select- 
man a number of times. He also was a member of the 
Provincial Congress at Exeter, and a special delegate to that 
body for the procurement of arms for the settlers of Haver- 
hill. In the Revolution he was intimately associated with 
Col. Charles Johnston and others in the stirring events of 
that period, serving on the committees of safety and corre- 
spondence for the Town. At the close of the Revolution 
Capt. Wesson moved to Groton, Vt. His oldest daughter, 
Sally, married Capt. Edmund Morse, and their daughter 
was the first child born in Groton. Capt. Wesson was a 
bra^e and conscientious officer, and was highly esteemed and 
trusted by his superiors, a man of excellent character and of 
Puritan mould and principles. He died in Groton at the 
advanced age of 93 years. 

Charles Johnston was undoubtedly the foremost citizen 
of Ha^•erhill in point of character, ability, and influence, 
and this too in view of the fact that he had as associates in 
life such marked men as Col. Bedel, Col. Asa Porter, 
Andrew S. Crocker, Esq., Col. John Hurd, Gen. Moses 
Dow, and Alden Sprague, men who would have made them- 
selves felt in any community. He came to Haverhill in 
1769 and settled at the Corner, and at once took a leading 
part in all the affairs of the Town. He had a far-seeing 
mind. When felling the trees on the Park which he gave 
to the village, he would tell his wife in apparent jest that he 
should have a court house, an academy, and a church front- 
ing on the Park, and Haverhill would be a flourishing place, 
all of which came to pass in his day. Haverhill was the 
most noted place north of Concord-. 

The good people of North Haverhill may never have 
thought much about it, but it was the fine hand of Col. 


Johnston that brought the court house and jail to the Corner 
after they had been located a:t the Plain for nearly a quarter 
of a century. To this end he with others of the more enter- 
prising citizens of the Corner, erected the old Academy 
building and offered it free of charge for the use of the 
courts. With the growing importance of the South End 
and its easier access, the courts would hardly be disposed to 
decline such an offer, and accordingly they were held in that 
building, and in its successor after the first one was burnt, 
till the present Court house was erected on Court street. 
Meantime a jailwas also erected at the Corner. The excel- 
lent water-power of the Oliverian contributed also largely to 
the more rapid building up of the South End, and when the 
Cohos turnpike was constructed to Haverhill, and stage lines 
centered there, the early glory of the Plain was transferred 
to the Corner. In all this no hand was more influentially 
felt than Col. Johnston's. 

Col. Johnston was the owner of the land on which Haver- 
hill stands, and the land which constitutes the beautiful Park 
around which the village is built, was his gift to the place. 
He also gave the land for the old Court house and that of 
the Academy, evincing not only his generosity and public 
spirit, but also his forethought and faith in the future of the 
Town. His guiding hand and wise counsels were every- 
where seen. United with his confidence that Haverhill must 
some day be the center in these northern limits was the gift 
of a genius to do. He was laborious and persevering in 
pushing on his plans. It was he that led in the building of 
the old Court house and the Academy, and toward the close 
of his life he was a leading spirit and one of the incorpora- 
tors of the old Cohos turnpike. He was also one of the 
incorporators of the Social Library of Haverhill. In the 
records of the Town his name appears repeatedly on com- 
mittees for carrying out various enterprises. No man was 
80 prominent in Town affairs. No one held more various 


public positions of honor and responsibility. Twenty-four 
times during his active life he presided in Town meeting. 

His military record is honorable, even conspicuous for 
bravery. At the age of twenty-four he was commissioned 
for the Old French War, and was quarter-master sergeant in 
Col. Goff's regiment. This was in 1761. Afterwards he- 
took an active part in the Revolution. He was Lieutenant- 
Colonel of the 12th Eegiment N. H. Militia, and was- 
engaged in the battle of Bennington in 1777, in which he 
gained prominence for distinguished bravery. Col. Johnston 
was detailed by Gen. Stark to carry an order from one divi- 
sion of the American forces to another division. In order 
to execute the task he was compelled to pass through a 
woods which was made dangerous by the enemy having his 
scouts there in ambush. Col. Johnston pressed forward 
with only a stout staff which he had cut, when suddenly he 
was commanded to halt by a Hessian officer with drawn 
sword. In an instant the sword was struck from the 
enemy's hand and in Col. Johnston's possession, and point- 
ing it at the Hessian's breast he commanded him and his 
companions to surrender as prisoners of war on peril of 
death. The Hessian ordered his men to throw down their 
arms, which they did, and he and his scouts were led captive- 
into the American lines. The sword was brought to Haver- 
hill and presented to his son Capt. Michael Johnston, witk 
the request that it should descend in the line of the oldest 
male heir. It is now in the possession of Charles Sanford 
Johnston of Ovid, N. Y., great-grandson of Col. Johnston. 

The following is a minute description of the sword by one 

of the Johnston descendants, Edward Sanford Burgess of 

"Washington, D. C. 

" The sword is adorned with a tassel, silvered and gilded, a brass 
hilt, a silver corded handle with brass attachments ; the blade is 
double-edged, and on one side bears the words, Dei Gratia Dux 
Bednsv : ET LuNEB : (By the grace of God Duke of Brunswick and 
Luneburg.) These are engraved lengthwise of the sword, and sur- 


Tounded by gilt scroll-work, in which appear casques, banners, 
halberd, a drum, trumpet, spear, etc. A warrior in armor completes 
the upper part of the figure, represented from the knees upward, and 
•clad in complete coat of mail, with plumes in the helmet; below, 
toward the hilt, is^ crown ; below that, an ornamental letter C, fol- 
ilowed by scroll-work, under which is engraved transversely and next 
to the hilt the name Jean Julion. From most of this engraved 
work the gilt has worn out. 

"Nearly all of the preceeding figures and ornamentations are 
srepeated on the other side, with the following differences : the words, 
A Bbunsvic, are engraved transversely, and the motto, Ncnquam 
Heteoesum, longitudinally. The same scroll-work is seen along its 
•sides as before, the same warrior above, the same crown below ; in 
iplace of the letter C is a prancing charger, mane and tail flying, 
fore-feet rearing. 

" The blade of the sword is about three and a half feet long; it is 
:accompanied by a leathern scabbard and is provided with a steel tip." 

Had Gen. Stark listened to Col. Johnston, it is claimed 
that the battle of Bennington would have been more fruitful 
in results than it was. In De Puy'e " Ethan Allen and The 
Green Mountain Heroes," the historian says, " We chased 
them till dark. Col. Johnston of Haverhill wanted to chase 
them all night. Had we done so, we might have mastered 
them all, for they stopped within three miles of the battle- 
field, but Stark saying he would run no risk of spoiling a 
.good day's work, ordered a halt, and returned to quarters." 

After the battle of Bennington Col. Johnston returned to 
Haverhill and took no further active part with the armies in 
the field, but he was deeply interested in matters at Cohos, 
which was a point of great importance during the Revolu- 
tionary struggle, and constantly exposed to attack from the 
British forces in Canada. In 1778 we find him appointed 
■to the command of two companies of sixty-five men each to 
rendezvous at Haverhill for special service, and in the fol- 
lowing year he commanded two companies of rangers. He 
was also active in the organization and direction of scouting 
parties, and served on various Town committees during these 
stirring years in providing for the safety of Cohos against 


enemies from within and from without, and was untiring and 
patriotic in the service of his country. 

Col. Johnston's civil service in responsible positions 
extended over a number of years. The commission by 
which he was appointed Judge of Probate for Grafton 
county bears date Nov. 22, 1781, and from then till he was 
disqualified by age, a period of twenty-six years, he held 
that office and faithfully discharged its duties to universal 
satisfaction. He also was elected to the office of county 
treasurer in 1795, and continued to be chosen for many 
years without opposition. He was one of a commission 
appointed by the governor to administer the oath of alle- 
giance and of office to civil and military officers within the 
county of Grafton. His colleagues on this commission were 
such well known pei-sons as Samuel Livermore, Samuel 
Emerson, Moses Dow, Elisha Payne, and Bezaleel Wood- 
ward. In 1784 he was commissioned a justice of peace for 
Grafton county " during good behavior, for the term of five 
years," and this commission was renewed from time to time, 
the last renewal being in 1810, a few years before his death. 
At that time the office of justice of peace was a more impor- 
tant and responsible position than it is now, since the justices 
constituted a court called the Court of Sessions. He was 
also a councillor in 1780—2. 

In addition to these more prominent public duties he took 
an active and foremost part in local matters, holdino- various 
offices in Town and Church, and serving on various commit- 
tees, and his wise counsels and influential hand can be traced 
in all the growth and progress of the community. An 
obituary notice of Col. Johnston at the time of his death 
presents his position and character as it was in the commu- 
nity : " A rare assemblage of virtues concentrated in this 
remarkable character. He was a colonel of militia, judo-e 
of probate, county treasurer. But his principal excellence 
consisted in professing and exemplyfying the religion of 


Jesus. He embraced the gospel in early life, and with 
singular constancy observed its precepts as his rule of life to 
the end. His liberality to the poor, his hospitality to 
strangers, and his aid to public institutions, will be long 
remembered among his works of faith and labor of love. 
No death in Coos was ever more sincerely lamented. The 
public feeling was expressed by a very numerous and deeply 
affected audience honoring his funeral with their presence on 
an' intensely cold day. Military officers from the adjacent 
towns on both sides of the river, in their uniforms, formed a 
part of the procession. A sermon was preached by the Rev. 
David Sutherland on the occasion, from the appropriate 
words of the Psalmist, ' Mark the perfect man and behold 
the upright, fqr the end of that man is peace.' " 

Physically Col. Johnston was a very powerful man. On 
one occasion finding two men in a quarrel he separated them, 
but in turn for his kindness they both set upon him. Taking 
them by the shoulders with one hand hand each, he held 
them apart, and then brought them violently together, 
handling them as if they were dolls. He was a man of 
great kindness of heart, ever ready to give a helping hand 
to the worthy needy, even though it cost him sacrifice and 
inconvenience. At one time it is said he divided with a very 
poor man and his distressed family his two cows. When 
remonstrated with by Mrs. Johnston who said they could 
not spare the cow, the Colonel replied that they could do with 
one cow better than the poor man and his needy family could 
do without any, and so the cow was allowed to go. As 
justice of the peace he had occasion to exercise his gift of 
peace-making, and sometimes mounted his horse and rode 
miles to see parties who were intent on litigation, and coun- 
seled with them if something could not be done to prevent 
strife amongst neighbors. He was a man of large and quick 
sympathies and generous impulses, united with the best of 
judgment and good sense. Some of his neighbors, not as 


bountifully endowed with these traits as he was, were annoy- 
ed by the depredations of boys upon their orchards, and 
these depredations were made more frequent from the fact 
that the owners of the orchards were selfish and stingy, and 
if a boy was found looking over the fence at the tempting 
fruit beyond, they were sure to be ordered off with harsh 
and angry words. Col. Johnston was not troubled in this 
way. When he saw a group of boys near his orchard he 
would walk out and pick up a hat-full of the choicest fruit 
and carry it to the fence, and in kind and winning words 
invite the boys to eat all they wished. The boys would take 
the apples with thankful hearts and go away, and whilst 
they were eating the Colonel's apples with many an enthusi- 
astic praise of his kindness and genej-osity, they were sure 
to lay plans to raid the orchard of some snarling and stingy 

In the later years of his life when past labor, he was 
accustomed to walk out in pleasant seasons to the Johnston 
woods for exercise and pastime. A small house by the way- 
side had some beds of bright flowers in front of it, and he 
would stop to admire these and pass a friendly word with the 
good woman of the house. He was social and neighborly, 
and enjoyed life all the more if he saw others in prosperity 
and happiness. 

In those days books were scarce, and knowledge derived 
from such sources was not very great, but Col. Johnston 
was a man of much intelligence for the times. He appreci- 
ated the value of knowledge, and was foremost in the 
organization of a village library. His contact with the best 
and most intelligent men of the times was large and fre- 
quent, and his official position gave him many advantages 
with persons of culture and experience. He was also better 
trained and equipped by education than the average person 
of his position in society, and was deemed qualified to take 
the charge of Haverhill Academy for a term during a 


vacancy in the principalship. His hand-writing is a marvel 
of beauty as it stands to-day on the Town and county 
records^ and is almost as perfect as script. 

Probably no part of Col. Johnston's character was more 
marked than his religious character. He was the first 
deacon of the Congregational church at its formation, and 
was a most steadfast friend of all that was good and true. 
His example was a daily call to duty and righteousness. No 
man in the community exerted a greater influence as a 
christian. Around his christian character grouped every 
other trait, and shone through this as the light shines through 
a pure atmosphere. The kingdom of God was uppermost 
in his thoughts. From a letter written by his grandson, 
Michael Johnston Gray, dated Rotherham, Eng., Sept. 12, 
1811, where he was studying for the ministry, we learn Col. 
Johnston's deep interest in the cause of christian education : 

" * * * I am glad that the Academy of which 

we had thought is likely to be established. * * * 

I hope that by this time you will have procured a charter 
to secure its safety. I am glad that the ministers object 
to its being connected with Dartmouth College. I don't 
think that it would do at all. For my part, I never enter- 
tained the least doubt but that a sufficiency for its support 
might be obtained in America, by subscriptions, donations, 
etc., etc. Christians in America have warm hearts as well 
as christians in England ; and with a little exertion, nay, 
without almost any, I was going to say, the Academy might 
be carried on and prosper. A few pence from each lover of 
Jesus would, I doubt not, be amply sufficient. * * " 

Col. Johnston's letter, to which this is a reply, is unfortu- 
nately not preserved, but from the extract of Mr. Gray's 
letter it would seem that there was a project at that time to 
connect with Haverhill Academy, or enlarge its scope, a 
school for the training of ministers. The endowment of 
this school was one of the things to be secured. 


Col. Johnston's name has lingered more distinctly in public 
memory than that of any other man in the Town. He was 
of Scotch origin, and was born in Hampstead in 1737, the 
fifth child of Michael and Mary (Hancock) Johnston. He 
married Ruth Marsh of Londonderry, whom tradition says 
was a person of delicate mould and of womanly diffidence. 
They had a family of eight children, two of whom died in 
early life. Michael was the oldest, and remained on the 
homestead. He was a captain of militia, and served for two 
years as a private in the Revolution. He also held civil 
office in the Town. His wife before her marriage was Sarah 
Atkinson of Boscawen, and of their children Sarah married 
Capt. Stephen Adams ; Charles and Hannah (see Chap. 
XIX). Michael succeeded his father on the homestead, 
and married Anna Atkinson of Boscawen ; George AVhite- 
field and a sister, Betsey, married Atkinsons of the same 
place. Hale Atkinson (see Chap. XVH). 

Of Michael Johnston'^ family, son of Michael, the only 
one living in Haverhill is Kate McK. Johnston, a cultivated 
lady and an accomplished singer, as was also her sister, 
Mary, who died a few years ago. A son, Harry A., recently 
deceased, was a man of keen, bright mind and more than 
average intelligence. Edward P. lives in Washington, D. 
C, and is a graduate of Dartmouth College. The Johnston 
homestead was in the family till within a few years, when it 
passed into the hands of Amos Tarleton who now lives 
on it. 

Ruth, one of Col. Johnston's daughters, married Eben- 
ezer Gray, and their son Michael (see Chap. XIX). Abi- 
gail married Israel Swan, and Betsey married Lawson 
Dewey who became a judge of a county court in Ohio. The 
other daughters were Polly and Sarah. 

Asa Porter. — The date when Col. Porter came to 
Haverhill is not known, but early he appears as a man of 
affairs and enterprise. Before 1772 he owned and operated 


a ferry across Connecticut river at the Porter place. Owing 
to his position in the Eeyolutionary War he was never a 
favorite with his fellow-townsmen, and it is said he had no 
near neighbors with whom he associated. His sympathies 
were with the Tories, and a road at Horse meadow and the 
woods along it are still known as ' ' Tory road " and ' ' Tory 
woods." In 1776 he with others \vas charged with con- 
spiracy in giving information to, and asking aid of, the 
enemy, and Porter was taken to Exeter for trial. This con- 
spiracy extended to Bath and Xewbpry and down the river, 
and was discovered by a young Indian. Porter was tried 
by the General Court and voted an enemy. Subsequently 
he made his escape, but was captured at Newburyport, 
Mass., and afterward he wa's allowed to return to Haverhill 
on parole. In later years Col. Porter held official positions 
in the Town. He lived in a large frame house at the south 
end of Horse meadow. The farm, now owned by Samuel 
F. Southard, extended down the river to Major Merrill's 
farm and back toward Briar Hill. The ferry at his place 
was kept up till the " Middle Bridge " was built. He was 
also owner of large tracts of land in Corinth and Topsham, 

Col. Porter introduced the "Lombard poplars" into 
Haverhill. He had a field-nursery of these trees on his 
farm, and when they were large enough for transplanting he 
set out two rows close to the fence on both sides of the road 
the entire length of the meadow. This road was called 
"Horse Meadow street." The poplars soon grew to be 
tall trees, straight and trim, and had the appearance of two 
lines of soldiers with heads erect and arms close to their 
sides. They did not furnish much shade on account of their 
slender shape, and after they attained their growth, which 
was quite rapid, the limbs began to decay, aud the trees 
looked ragged and ill-shaped, and soon died out, so that 
there is not one left to tell the tale of their origin and life. 


Col. Porter married a sister of Andrew S. Crocker, and a 
•daughter of theirs became the wife of Mills Olcott, Esq., of 
Hanover, a very influential and prominent man at that time, 
and whose family, mostly daughters, attained distinction in 
their marriages. One was the wife of Joseph Bell, the 
■famous Haverhill lawyer, another married Rufus Choate, 
the great advocate, and a third was the wife of the late 
William H. Duncan, Esq., of Hanover, one of the most 
accomplished men of New Hampshire. One of Col. Porter's 
■sons lived in South Newbury, John (see Chap. XVII). The 
Porter family became early extinct in Haverhill. 

Col. Porter was familiarly known as " Migin Porter" 
from the habit he had, when expressing his opinion, of say- 
ing, " I migin," which was a shorter and perverted form of 
"I imagine." On one occasion when about to punish his 
negro girl, he tied a rope around her body, and then fastened 
the other end to himself, so that the girl could not get away 
whilst he laid on the lash. But the girl being a very large 
and powerful person, and he being to an equal degree a 
■small man, ran down to the river bank intending to drag the 
Colonel in, but seeing his danger he called out frantically for 
help, and on being delivered from the impending bath, he 
said, " I migined the creatur would drown me." 

Col. Porter was a man of aristocratic and select tastes, 
and belonged in his social habits to the aristocracy of his 
•day. He had the advantage of a liberal education, being 
a graduate of Harvard College, and filled a large place in 
the early history of the Town. 

William Porter, a younger brother of Asa Porter, 
lived near him at Horse meadow for a time and later he 
moved out on the "Turnpike." "Porter Hill" gets its 
name from him. He was a selectman, and came to Haver- 
liill about 1779. His wife's maiden name was Mary Adams, 
and they had a large family of children, one of whom, 
•Sarah, became the wife of John Osgood, the famous clock- 


maker of Haverhill, whose daughter married the late Daniel 
Blaisdell of Hanover. Mr. Porter's son William, familiarly 
knov>fn as " Uncle Billy," lived on the homestead on " Por- 
ter Hill," and a grand-daughter of his, Mrs. John C. 
Burbank, is still living there. A sister of Mrs. Burbank 
was for many years the lady-like cashier of the ladies' depart- 
ment of the Parker House restaurant, Boston. A great- 
grandson of William Porter, Albert E., is an esteemed and' 
active business man of Ashland. 

Andrew Savage Crocker came from Hollis, and was 
amongst the earlier settlers of Haverhill. His name appears 
in the Town records as early as 1771, when he was chosen 
one of the selectmen, and served in that position twelve 
years. He was also Town clerk for a number of years- 
In the early development of the Town he took an active and 
leading part, and was one of the most influential citizens of 
its pioneer history. He bore a royal commission as justice- 
of the peace from the British government in Colonial times,, 
and went by the name of " Squire Crocker." This commis- 
sion was formerly in possession of his grand-daughter, Mrs.. 
Hiram Carr of Boston, but is now in the keeping of Alvah 
Crocker of Fitchburg, Mass. In 1776 he was appointed by 
the General Court coroner of Grafton county, but he 
declined the, appointment on the ground that he "was not 
in sympathy with the form of government then in vogue." 
There is a hint in this refusal to accept ofiice of the differ- 
ence of opinion which prevailed in those times. Men were 
divided into royalists and revolutionists, oftener called 
"Tories" and "Patriots" according as censure or praise 
was intended. 

Mr. Crocker's wife was Shua Thurston, and their home 
was at Horse meadow. Their only child, Edward Bass, 
married Elizabeth Gibson of Hillsboro', and their six chil- 
dren were Andrew, Giles, Edward, Moses, Frederick, and 
Mary. One died in infancy, Andrew, Giles, and Edward 


died in tlie same year,' 1840^— Andrew in Cuba, Giles in 
Mobile, Ala., and Edward in New Orleans. Edward was a 
lawyer, and read with Joseph Bell. Andrew was the only 
son, except Frederick that married, and his wife's maiden 
name was Sarah Ca,rr of North Haverhill. Their only child. 
Miss Hannah Crocker, is still living in Plainfield, N. J. 
Mary, the only daughter of Andrew Crocker, married 
Hiram Carr and is now living in Boston. Frederick (see 
Chap. XIX). 

Mr. Crocker was a man of high character and social posi- 
tion, and above the average of his townsmen in intelligence 
and knowledge. He with others of that time constituted the 
aristocracy of the Cohos settlement. In stature he was of 
medium height with rather slender form, and he commanded 
respect and influence by his worth and ability. 

Nathaniel Merrill came to Haverhill quite early from 
the vicinity of Haverhill, Mass., and settled on a farm at the 
Plain. The Merrill house is still standing, and is now occu- 
pied by Herbert Eastman, but has been changed. He was 
born in 1754, and married Sarah Hazen, daughter of Capt. 
John Hazen. They had a family of twelve children, eleven 
■of whom were daughters, all of whom, tradition says, were 
comely, and some even handsome. The son died in early 
life. Sally married Aaron Hibbard of Bath, Elizabeth 
married Moses Swasey, Polly married Nathaniel Runnels of 
Piermont, Nancy married Obadiah Swasey, Charlotte married 
Isaac Pearson who lived at the Brook, Lucinda married 
Abner Bailey of Newbury, Ruth and Hannah were twins, 
the former married James Morse, the latter John Page. 

The grandchildren of Major Merrill were numerous. 
Miss Priscilla Morse, who lived at the Corner for many 
years, was a daughter of Thomas Morse who married Hittie 
Merrill, and Mrs. Babcock of San Francisco is a daughter 
of the late Samuel Page who married Louisa Merrill. 

Major Merrill was a prominent citizen of the Town, and 


held many public positions. He Was selectnian for many 
years, and l-epresented the Town in the legislature several 
terms. He was a man of enefgy and public ' spirit, and is 
said to have owned the first chaise in Haverhill. In 1816 
he moved to Piermont, where he died in 1825. He was a 
man of sti'bng character and influence and large common 
sense, somewhat blunt, but practical and honest, full of fun 
and quite a favorite. He was also quite eccentric, writing 
receipts with a quaint humor, using in them the phrase, 
"from the beginning of the world up to this date." Eev. 
Ethan Smith said of him, " He knew more than any man 
who hadn't more education than he had." 

As illustrating his character^ a young man visiting one of 
the daughters, and staying as was the custom in those days 
till, if not "broad day-light," at least early dawn, when 
about to mount his horse to ride away. Major Merrill stopped 
him and said, " Abner, stay to breakfast and then go home." 
The bashful youth not wishing to ride home in day-light, 
replied, " No, I'll go now." " Well," was the unconditional 
answer, " if you're ashamed to go home in broad day-light, 
you needn't come to see my daughter." 

On another occasion when two men were working for him 
whose honesty needed looking after, he observed that they 
seiemed disposed after work to linger around the premises till 
dark. The lights were extinguished, and Maj. Merrill took 
a position at the window for observation. Pretty soon the 
loiterers approached the cellar window. Going to the win- 
dow Maj. Merrill found one of the men holding a bag, who 
at once beat a hasty retreat. When' the other man came 
with his hands full of salt pork, Maj. Merrill was holding 
the bag, and after bringing several lots the man asked if he 
hadn't about enough, to which Maj. Merrill in his usual 

vigorous English, replied, "I should think so, by ." 

The thief undertook to get out by the window, but was pre- 
vented, and was compelled to go up through the house where 


the Major met him. " I want you and the other man to 
come to my house to-morrow at twelve o'clock and take 
dinner with me." The man could do no more than promise. 
At twelve the two appeared, and a most bountiful boiled 
dinner awaited them. They sat down and were generously 
helped, and the Major carried on a lively conversation with 
them. Dinner over he leaned back in his chair and said to 
the two men, "When you want pork again come to my 
house and you shall have all you wish," and then kindly 
dismissed them. They were ever after Maj. Merrill's most 
devoted friends. 

We do not wonder that being asked to give money to civ- 
ilize the heathen, he replied, "I'll give $20 to civilize the 
heathen within five miles of my house." Maj. Merrill in 
physical aspect was a man of more than medium size, broad 
shouldered, strong head, and weighed about one hundred 
seventy-five pounds. 

Mrs. Merrill was a woman of rare character and most 
amiable disposition. She came of gentle blood. One of her 
grandchildren says of her, " My own remembrance of her 
is one of the warmest, sunniest spots in my early life and 
memory. I was not more than five or six years of age when 
I visited at her home in North Haverhill, and I yet seem to 
feel her soft hand upon my head, and to see anew her sweet, 
smiling face as she gave me, to my great satisfaction, a slice 
of bread." 

William Merrill. — A person by this name, tradition 
says, lived in Haverhill in its early history ; that a son, 
Joshua, enlisted in the War of 1812 ; that after the war 
Joshua went to Ohio, and that soon after that period he 
endeavored to open correspondence with the Haverhill parf 
of the family, but received no answer, the family either 
having moved to parts unknown, or may have become ex- 
tinct by the fearful spotted fever that swept over this region 
in 1815. A son of Joshua has risen to great prominence, 


being the distinguished Bishop Stephen M. Merrill, d.d., 
of the Methodist Episcopal church, and now resides in 
Chicago. Some circumstances make it probable that Wil- 
liam was either a brother of Maj. Nathaniel Merrill or 
belonged to the Warren Merrills. 

Joseph Pearson was one of the earlier settlers, and 
came from Boscawen. The exact date is not known, but as 
early as 1779 he was the owner of a fulling mill at the 
Brook. Later, he carried on the lumber business, and was 
a man of much energy and enterprise. He took a promi- 
nent part in developing the resources of the Town and in 
building up its prosperity. He was an upright and worthy 
citizen, and highly esteemed. Physically he was large and 
broad shouldered. His wife's maiden name was Hannah 
Johnston, daughter of Col. Charles Johnston, and they had 
a large family. One of their sons, Samuel A., was a grad- 
uate of Dartmouth College in 1803, and studied law with 
Alden Sprague. He practiced his profession in Lancaster, 
but did not gain special distinction. In his later life he 
seems to have been unsuccessful. He held the office of 
post-master for many years at Lancaster. A daughter, 
Nancy, became the wife of Christopher Marsh, a clergyman 
in Massachusetts. 

Mrs. Pearson was a woman of superior character, and was 
one of the original members of the Congregational church in 
Haverhill. She possessed a bright and quick mind, and was 
especially attractive to the young, to whom she would tell 
Bible stories in a singularly entertaining and instructive way, 
and won their love and esteem by her kindly and gentle 

Isaac was their oldest child, inheriting much of his father's 
energetic and enterprising nature, and became his successor 
in the lumber business at the Brook. He owned large 
meadows on the river and also considerable land on the east 
side of Ladd street. He was generally known as " Major" 


Pearson, his father as " Captain" Pearson, and was a man 
of esteemed character and good standing. He married first 
Charlotte, daughter of Maj. Nathaniel Merrill. They had 
two children, Merrill and Caroline. Merrill Pearson who 
died recently in Bloomington, 111., married a daughter of 
Dea. Henry Barstow of Haverhill. Maj. Pearson's second 
wife was Charlotte Atherton, and a daughter by this marri- 
age, Mrs. James M. Chadwick, lives in Saginaw, Mich. 
James Henry (see Chap. XIX). 

This family illustrates the genius for business in one 
direction. Four of the sons of Maj. Pearson engaged in 
the lumber business, — James, George, Charles, Isaac, — and 
this has been the principal occupation of the Pearson family 
for four generations. 

None of the Major Pearson family or their descendants 
are now living in Haverhill. The old Pearson house is still 
standing on Ladd street on the left hand side of the road 
after leaving the Oliverian bridge. 

Samuel Brooks came to Haverhill about the close of 
the Revolution a young man. His father was a prosperous 
citizen of Worcester, Mass. His mother's name was 
Hannah Davis before her marriaije. Young Brooks when 
he came to Haverhill opened a store at the Corner, and was 
also the owner of an oil mill at the Brook, but he was not 
very successful in these ventures. Later, he went to Quebec 
and contracted with the governor of the Province for a tract 
of land in the township of Chester, then an unbroken wil- 
derness, aud two of his brothers began lumbering operations 
in this forest. A year or two later, 1812, he took his 
family to Canada, but owing to a change of governor in the 
Province the plans which he had marked out were defeated, 
and leaving Chester he came to Stanstead where he lived to 
the close of his life. 

Mr. Brooks during his residence in Haverhill was one of 
the most influential citizens of the Town, and took an active 


part in all public matters. He represented the Town in the 
legislature, was a selectman, and also Town clerk. Besides 
these positions of trust he also held the office of register of 
deeds for Grafton county for 'a number of years. He is 
represented as a man of gentle manners, and is said to have 
been very ingenious and skillful. 

He married a daughter of Col. Timothy Bedel, the widow 
of Dr. Thaddeus Butler. Of their family one of the daugh- 
ters, Hannah, married for her first husband ' Capt. William 
Trotter of Bradford, Vermont, and afterwards Col. William 
Barron of the same place. Both, it is said, were famous in 
their day for their fondness for the chase, and were accus- 
tomed to hunt for deer back of Mt. Gardner. Mr. Barron 
was a gentleman of the olden school, tall, somewhat slightly 
built, and very dignified and commanding in person and 
speech. Another daughter married Asa Low of Bradford, 
Vermont, and a third became the wife of Judge Nesmith of 
Franklin. These daughters were women of great excellence 
of character, ornaments in home, church and society. Sam- 
uel and Edwin (see Chap. XIX) ; George Washington, 
another son, is worthy of mention as bequeathing to his 
country twenty children, and in this respect may be said to 
be ' the father of his country. He was rightly named. 

The old Brooks house in Haverhill stood on the South 
Park near where the pump now is. The house and barn 
were afterwards moved to Court street, and remodeled, and 
are now the residences of Judge Westgate and the late Mrs. 

The Morses have been numerous in Haverhill during 
most of its history. 

Stephen Morse came to the Town from Massachusetts, 
probably near the close of the Revolutionary War. He was 
bom in 1757, and died in 1843 at the age of 87. His 
wife's name was Sally Kay. His lived on "Morse Hill," 
on the old Coventry road from North Haverhill to Coventry, 


now Benton. By trade he was a blacksmith, and had a 
family of twelve children, all sons. It is said he would ride 
on horseback from his home to Horse meadow and to the 
Corner, and sleep most of the way. He was also very deaf, 
and used a tin trumpet to aid his hearing. 

Of his children, Bryan was the oldest, born in 1781, and 
married Susannah Stevens, and like his father, he was a 
blacksmith and also a cabinet maker, but afterwards he 
became a Methodist clergyman and lived at the Corner in the 
house opposite the Col. Johnston place till 1833, when 
with his family he moved to Lowell, Mass., where he 
engaged in merchantile business for some years. Later, he 
lived in Groveland, Mass., and died there in 1863 at the 
age of 82. 

Bryan Morse's family, some of them, became prominent 
in professional and other walks of life. Horace B., the 
oldest, was a graduate of Dartmouth College in 1823, and 
lost his life by drowning at Portsmouth. 

Peabody A., George W., Isaac S., (See Chap. XIX). 

Caleb, the second son of Stephen Morse, lived on a farm 
near his father. One of his daughters, Ruth, married 
Charles G. Smith. Caleb Morse died at his home in 1842, 
and during his life he was prominent in town matters, and 
also represented the Town in the legislature. John C, 
followed the occupation of his father, Stephen, and lived at 
Horse Meadow. In his later life he kept a tavern in the 
house now occupied by his son, John N. Morse, a prominent 
citizen of the Town. 

Robert, another son of Stephen Morse, (See Chap. XIX) . 

Joshua was a merchant at North Haverhill, and then the 
proprietor and keeper for many years of the stage tavern in 
Rumney, a hostilery noted far and near under his and his 
wife's care for its excellent service to the travelling public. 
One of Stephen Morse's children was a physician in North- 
ern Vermont ; Hiram lived on the old homestead, and Caleb's 


son Caleb is the only representative of the Morse family 
occupying the old ground. 

Edmund Morse was a younger brother of Stephen 
Morse, and was born in 1764. He came to Haverhill about 
the time his brother did, but after a few years he moved to 
Oroton, Vt., and was the pioneer settler of that town. He 
married Sally, daughter of Capt. Wesson of Haverhill, 
and their daughter Sally was the first child born in Groton. 
He was a man of excellent character. It is said his first 
blacksmith shop in Groton consisted of a fire-place and a 
stump to put his anvil on, and thus he began business. He 
was full of energy and enterprise. 

A Deacon Morse lived on Briar Hill, and was for a 
number of years tax collector. He was very persistent, and 
on this account he got the name of " Pincher Morse." 
There was also a Stephen Morse, a deacon in the Congrega- 
tional church at the Corner in 1813, and he may have been 
the same as the Briar Hill deacon. 

Joseph Bliss took a leading part in the earlier history of 
the town. He was one of the number that built the first 
Academy building. He lived in the house where George 
W. Leith now lives, and for many years it was kept by him 
as a tavern. It was the aristocratic head-quarters in its day 
for the judges and the lawyers. Mr. Bliss was a trustee of 
the Academy, a man of influence, but quite small of stature. 
He was the first post-master in Haverhill, being appointed 
under Washington. 

Mrs. Bliss is spoken of as very much of a lady, of a 
refined and cultivated mind. She always observed the pro- 
prieties of social life with great exactness. And she was 
equally punctilious when at church. She was a woman of 
much spirit, and there is a story that on one occasion whilst 
on a visit at her daughter's, Mrs. Judge Livermore in Hol- 
derness, — the Judge in his day being one of the prominent 
lawyers in the state, ^he and Mrs. Bliss had a sharp passage 


of words just as they were going to leave Holderness for her 
home in Haverhill, and that they made the ride of forty 
miles without speaking a word. Mrs. Bliss after the death 
of her husband kept a ladies' store in the east room of the 
old tavern. 

Joshua Young came to Haverhill in the early history of 
the Town, and was the son of John and Susannah (Getchell) 
Young. He was born in Haverhill, Mass., in 1755, and 
died in 1797. His parents were persons of high character 
and social standing, who moved to Lisbon before or during 
the Revolutionary War, and afterwards to Hanover, where 
the father died in 1785. Whilst in Lisbon, John Young, 
the father of Joshua, was prominent in civil and military 
affairs. He married for his second wife a daughter of Pres. 
Eleazar Wheelock, the founder of Dartmouth College, and 
his daughter, Tryphena, married John Wheelock, the second 
president of Dartmouth College. Joshua Young married 
Abiah, the oldest daughter of Judge Ezekiel Ladd, and of 
their children, Stiva became the grandmother of Judge 
Charles R. Morrison of Concord. Joshua Youna: was a 
bright and capable man, and was, it is said, at one time on 
Gen. Stark's staff. In the late years of his life he was over- 
taken by a sad infirmity, the slave of appetite, which finally 
ended in a very tragic death. Tryphena Young who became 
the wife of President John Wheelock, was noted for her 
beautiful and sweet voice, dying whilst singing the hymn 
of Watts, — " Show pity. Lord, O Lord forgive." Joshua 
Young lived where Mr. Peter Flanders now lives, and part 
of the present house was the original Young house. 

Amos Kimball was one of the earlier settlers in Haver- 
hill, and lived on Ladd street in a log house at the foot of 
the hill near the little brook that runs by George Wilson's 
place. His wife's maiden name was Abigail Corliss, and 
they had a large family of eleven children. Several of the 
sons and daughters went to the West and to Canada. A 


grandson, Francis D., living in Ohio, became quite promi- 
nent as a lawyer and politician. He was elected secretary of 
state on the ticket with the late Chief Justice Chase, 
when the latter ran for governor of that state, and died 
whilst in office. 

The youngest son, Amos, lived on the farm now owned 
and occupied by Ezra S. Kimball. Amos Kimball was some- 
what active in Town, affairs, and was a selectman a number 
of times. 

John, the eldest son of Amos, was a prominent man in 
public and church matters. He was a deacon of the Congre- 
gational church at Horse meadow, and colonel of the 13th 
Regiment State Militia. He also represented the Town in 
the legislature for several years, and served in the board of 
selectmen for a number of years. Of his numerous family, 
John (see Chap. XIX). Dudley C. died recently in New- 
bury, Vt., Benjamin F. lives in Newbury, Vt. 

Isaac B. resides in Concord. Only one of the seven 
daughters is living, Mrs. E. T. White of Washington, D. 
C. Dea. Porter Kimball and Mrs. Lyman Southard are 
children of the late Dudley C. Kimball. 

WiLLiAJi Cross is worthy of mention, if for no other 
reason, from the fact that he so well and faithfully filled a 
position in which few attained success. He was a brother-in- 
law of Judge Ladd whose sister Abigail he married, and came 
to Haverhill in 1788. He was from Haverhill, Mass., and 
lived in the house lately owned and occupied by Eliza Cross. 
Mr. Cross was for many years the faithful and trusty sexton 
of the Ladd street meeting house, and was punctual all that 
time in ringing the nine o'clock evening bell, the signal for 
putting out the old candle lights and preparing for rest, as 
was the custom in early times in New England. Mr. Cross 
lived to the extreme old age of one hundred years and a few 

Miss Eliza Cross, his daughter, born in 1790, lived to 


nearly her father's age, ninety-seven, and was up to the time 
of her death, in the enjoyment of remarkably good health 
and of her reason. She was the last connecting link in 
Town with the generation of earliest settlers, and has fur- 
nished many a fact and incident for these pages, showing a 
most commendable interest in the progress of the work and 
in the preservation of the earlier period of the Town's his- 
tory. Miss Cross was at one time superintendent of the 
Sabbath school on Ladd street. In those days a bright 
colored card was given to each scholar for committing to 
memory a certain number of verses from the Bible. After- 
wards a cent was paid for every ten verses committed. The 
first library for the use of Sabbath schools in Haverhill, she 
says, was one hundred books each to the school on Ladd 
street, at the Corner and at East Haverhill. Miss Cross 
died suddenly, Sept. 2, 1887, aged 97 years and some 

Jeremiah Cross, brother of Eliza, was a man of more than 
ordinary ability, but of somewhat limited education, and was 
■^■ery prominent as a Free Mason, holding the very highest 
position in that order. He lectured all through the country 
on Masonry, and was regarded as the best authority on the 
jiractical workings of the system. He died in 1866. 

John Osgood was bom in Andover, Mass., in 1770, 
and became a citizen of Haverhill as early as 1795, dying 
here in 1840. He was a maker of the old style high clocks 
which were common in those days, many of which are still 
in use in this region bearing his name. They are now much 
sought after by the lovers of the ancient, and command 
fancy prices, such that if their maker had sold them origin- 
ally for the sums they now bring, he would have become a 
money-king. Mr. Osgood was quiet and unobtrusive in his 
manners, and much esteemed by his fellow citizens. For 
several years he was a member of the board of trustees of 
Haverhill Academy, and also served as town treasurer and 


clerk for a number of years. He had an infirmity of 
lameness. He lived at one time in the west end of the 
house where Mr. Nathaniel Bailey lives, afterwards in the 
house now owned and occupied by Dr. Watson. He 
married Sarah, daughter of William Porter, and of their 
children a daughter, Charlotte, married Daniel Blaisdell, 
Esq., of Hanover, and of their two children, Alfred, la 
graduate of Dartmouth College, is head draftsman at the 
Brooklyn navy yard, and Charlotte married Prof. Ruggles 
of Dartmouth College. Mrs. Blaisdell lives at Hanover 
with her daughter. 

The Carrs. — Capt. Daniel Carr and his brother, Dea. 
John Carr, came to Haverhill from Newburyport, Mass., 
near the close of the last century. John settled on a piece 
of land now the farm of his son, Joshua. His wife was 
Hannah Work of West Newbury, Mass., and they had a 
large family. John Carr's son, Joshua, was selectman in 
1861-62, and John E. Carr, a grandson, filled the same 
position in 1873—5—6, and was representative in 1878—80—81. 
He has also been a member of the state board of agriculture 
for Grafton county. 

Capt. Daniel Carr settled on the farm where D. E. Carr 
now lives. He married Elizabeth Work, sister of Dea. 
Carr's wife. He was a captain in the state militia. His 
eldest son, Daniel, was a deacon in the Baptist church at 
North Haverhill, and was a selectman for several years. 
The Carrs have been prominent citizens of the Town from 
the first, and were connected by marriage with the Crocker 
family, — a son and daughter of Dea. John Carr married a 
daughter and son of Edward B. Crocker. The late Maj. 
Samuel Carr, an esteemed citizen of the Town, was a select- 
man in 1854—5. 

The Swans came to Haverhill at an early date, and were 
more or less prominent in the history of the Town. 

Joshua was the oldest, being born in 1767. William 


Swan, the hatter, was connected, it is said, with Joshua. 
Williain lived where the Exchange hotel now stands, and 
his son. Col. Charles Swan, built the original hotel. After- 
wards Col. Swan went West. He was an active, enterpris- 
ing, and influential citizen. Joshua Swan was moderator in 

Israel Swax was born in 1768, and was a brother of 
Joshua. He married for his first wife Abigail Johnston, 
daughter of Col. Charles Johnston, and was one of the 
petitioners for the charter of Haverhill Academy. He was 
active in Town matters, and held various positions of respon- 
sibility. His son, Charles J. Swan, who married Elizabeth 
Ladd, moved to Ohio, where his family grew up and held 
lionorable positions in society. His wife is still living at 
LeRoy, Ohio. 

Phineas Swan came to Haverhill near the close of the 
last century. He was not related to the Swans named 
above. He first lived on Ladd street where Henry S. Bailey 
now lives. Afterwards he built a wooden house at the Buck 
place. His wife was a Miss Webster before her marriage, 
and a daughter became the wife of Ezekiel Ladd, Jr. 
Benjamin, their son, married Grace Carr of Piermont, and 
of their children, Henry and his son and daughter are the 
onl}' descendants of Phineas Swan now living in Haverhill. 

Obadiah Swasey was born in Haverhill, Mass., in 
1775, and came to Newbury, Vt., near the close of the last 
century. At first he lived with an older brother for a short 
time as an apprentice to the carpenter trade. He married 
Xancy, daughter of Maj. Merrill, and moved from Newbury 
to North Haverhill about 1808, and lived on the old Hazen 
farm till his death in 1836. 

Mr. Swasey was a prominent and successful business man, 
and built and owned the grist mill and saw mill known as 
the "Swasey mills" at North Haverhill, where for many 
years he was extensively engaged in the manufacture of 


lumber and transporting it to the towns and cities on the 
Connecticut river in Massachusetts and Connecticut. He 
died at the age of 61, having enjoyed the esteem and confi- 
dence of his fellow townsmen. 

Of the numerous family of Obadiah and Nancy (Merrill) 
Swasey, Mary Ann married John L. Woods ; Samuel in 
later years lived in Belvidere, 111., and died in 1887, at the 
age of 82. He fitted for college at Haverhill Academy, and 
graduated from Dartmouth College in the famous class of 
1828, having as classmates the late Prof. Ira Young, and 
Pres. Labaree of Middlebury College. He studied law and 
was admitted to the bar in Portland, Me., but did not prac- 
tice his profession. Soon after his admission he went West 
where he remained a few years, and then returned to 

He was chosen by his fellow citizens to represent the 
Town in the legislature for five years in succession, and 
during this time of service he w;as elected speaker of the 
House in 1842—3. He again represented the Town in 
the legislature in 1850, and was also the same year a 
member of the constitutional convention. For a number 
of years he served as selectman and for ten years he was 
Register of Probate for Grafton county. During the 
administration of President Pierce he was inspector of 
customs at Portsmouth, At the close of his term of office 
he moved to Belvidere, 111., where he continued to live to 
the time of his death. Mr. Swasey marHed Edith A. 
Holmes of Peterborough. Of his surviving children 
Charles J. is a merchant in Fort Worth, Texas, Edith A. 
who married Alson Keeler, resides at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 
and Edward H. is a promising lawyer in Chicago. 

Mr. Swasey was a man of large ability, but was not 
very ambitious. He was highly esteemed, a man of integ- 
rity and high character, and was a prominent citizen both 
in his western home as well as in his native town. 


John Hazen Swasey began mercantile business in Port- 
land, Me., and afterward moved to Boston where he now 
resides ; Louisa became the wife of Ephraim Sprague 
Elkins of Kenosha, Wis., Nathaniel lives on the old home- 
stead, and married a daughter of Dr. John Angier of 
North Haverhill. Their only child, Mrs. Brooks, lives in 
Montpelier. Jane became the wife of Charles James, a 
lawyer of Wisconsin, and now lives in Chicago ; Nancy 
married Dr. Leonard of North Haverhill ; Sarah married a 
son of Dr. Angier and lives in Chicago, and Mehitabel 
became the wife of Henry K. Elkins of Chicago. 

Moor Russell came to Haverhill in 1792. In 1799 
he was elected a representative to the legislature and also 
served in other official positions, being selectman in 1800 
and moderator in 1801. He was born in Litchfield, then 
■called Derryfield, but came to Haverhill from Plymouth, 
and after a residence in the former place of nine years, he 
returned to Plymouth in 1801, where he spent the i-emainder 
of his life, dying at the advanced age of 94 years, the 
result of an accident. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary 
War, and took part in the battle of Bunker Hill. He 
married Betsey, daughter of Col. Da-\id AVebster, and they 
had a large family. Only two of his children, Catharine 
and Eliza, were born in Haverhill. 

The oldest daughter, Nancy, married John Rogers, a 
merchant of Plymouth, and two of their sons, John P., 
and Walter 31. are merchants in Boston, another, Edward 
P., is a railroad man in Portland, Oregon, and a daughter, 
Charlotte H., became the first wife of Prof. William J. 
Tucker of Andover, Mass. 

David Moor Russell, second son of Moor Russell, married 
Mary Flint of Reading, Mass., and lived in Gainesville, 
Ala. They had two children, — one a prominent business 
man in Lawrence, Kansas, the other a large planter in 
Mississippi. The third child of Moor Russell, Catherine, 


married Samuel C. Webster, a lawyer of Plymouth. Two. 
of their children were merchants in Plymouth, and two 
others were merchants in Boston and New York. Eliza, 
the fourth child of Moor Russell, married Benjamin G. 
Edwards, and is still living in Brooklyn, N. Y. William 
W., the fifth child, married Susan Carleton Webster of 
Salisbury, and of their children, Alfred is a prominent and 
successful lawyer in Detroit, Mich., and graduated from 
Dartmouth College in 1850. Two of his brothers, William 
W. and Frank W., are enterprising merchants in Plymouth, 
men of character and influence, successors of their father in 
the business which he carried on so extensively for many- 
years, and which was established by their grandfather nearly 
a century ago. The other children of Moor Russell were 
Mary, who married Eliza M. Davis of Barnet, Vt. ; Walter 
W. went South and died at Gainesville, where he was a 
prominent merchant for nearly half a century ; Jane A. 
married Milo P. Jewett of Plymouth, and is now living in 
Milwaukee, Wis., where Charles J. also lives and has been 
engaged for many years in mercantile life. He married 
Catherine Wells Merrill of Plymouth. The youngest, Julia 
A., married Dr. Samuel Long of Plymouth. 

The genius of merchandising was a marked character- 
istic in the Russell family, and all who engaged in that 
business have been successful in a more than usual degree. 

Mr. Moor Russell was a man of excellent character, who- 
had gained the esteem and confidence of the community, 
and possessed much energy and enterprise. He was promi- 
nent in church and religious matters, and was a most uncom- 
promising temperance man. The story runs that he cut 
down his orchard because the fruit of the apple tree was 
made into cider and used as a beverage. 

The Gookin Family. — Samuel Gookin was born in 
1742 and lived in Dedham and Boston. His business was. 
that of alnerchant. Afterwards he moved to Haverhill and 


died in 1823. His eon Richard was a prominent man in 
Haverhill, and was bom in Boston in 1769. He came to 
Haverhill in 1799, and with his brother Samuel was the first 
person, it is said, who manufactured watch and hair springs 
in America. For a time he was foreman in the first ctjt nail 
factory at Amesbury, Mass. Subsequently he and a person 
by the name of Standrin introduced from England the wool- 
carding machines into the United States, for the improve- 
ment of which Mr. Gookin obtained several patents, and he 
and his partner manufactured in Boston the first wool-carding 
machines ever used in the United States. Previous to this 
wool was carded by hand. Afterwards, 1799, they moved 
their business to Haverhill, and manufactured wool-carding 
machines which were sold in all parts of our country and in 
Canada. He was interested in woolen factories in Bath and 
other places, and was a man of uncommon energy and 
enterprise. He lived on Ladd street, and with Obadiah 
Swasey was owner of the famous " Fisher farm." There 
is a tradition that on account of the carding-machines being 
brought from England, an attempt was made on the lives of 
Mr. Gookin and his partner. A hat was sent the former 
armed with a secret deadly sjjring, but was discovered before 
the hat was worn. It was put on a dog and instantly killed 
the animal. To his partner was sent a trunk that was in- 
tended to explode when unlocking. 

He died at Haverhill in 1826. His wife's maiden name 
was Rebecca Demman. One of their daughters married 
John L. Bunce, a son, Warren Demman (see Chap. XIX). 
Mr. Gookin left a strong impression on the community. 

Asa Boyxton was a prominent and influential citizen of 
Haverhill in the latter part of the last century and the first 
of the present. The name also appears in the Piermont 
records. He was a selectman in 1802-3-6, and moderator 
in 1806. He was one of the petitioners for the charter of 
Haverhill Academy, and also at a later date, 1805, for the 


charter of the Cohos turnpike. It was said lie was the 
keeper of the tavern that afterwards became the famous 
Towle tavern, — at least his name appears amongst those 
who were licensed as a " taverner to sell spirituous liquors." 
He went from Haverhill to New York where his descendants, 
it is said, are active and enterprising people. 

John Montgomery was of Scotch origin, and was born 
in 1764. His father came to America in 1749 and settled 
in Londonderry. The son it would seem moved to Haver- 
hill from Andover, Mass., toward the close of the last 
century. He was moderator of town meeting as early as 
1796, and was one of the pioneer merchants at the Brook. 
He took an active part in public matters, and was an influ- 
ential and leading citizen of the Town, being often honored 
with positions of trust and responsibility. He represented 
the Town for three years in the legislature. When ihe War 
of 1812 broke out he was Lieutenant-Colonel of the 13th 
regiment N. H. Militia, was appointed Brigadier-General of 
the N. H. Militia that were stationed at Portsmouth for the 
defence of the harbor. Afterwards he was promoted to be a 
Major-General. He married Betsey Ring of Haverhill, and 
in the marriage record he is recorded as from Andover, 
Mass. Of his large family none are now living in 
Haverhill. One of the daughters became the first wife of 
Jonathan Nichols, and a granddaughter is now Mrs. E. H. 
Rollins, whose husband was a representative in Congress 
and also served a term as. United States Senator. Gen. 
Montgomery, it is said, was noted for his singing talents, and 
in appearance was a fine looking man. He was highly 
esteemed, and had extensive influence in the northern section 
of the state, and was a man of great energy and force. 
The old Montgomery place is still standing — a large, square, 
two-story house — at the Brook. 

Ross Coon was one of the characters of Haverhill, and 
on one occasion, in 1802, served as moderator. He lived in 


a wooden house which stood where the Bank house now 
stands, and was kept as a tavern, called the " Coon tavern." 
This house was moved away afterwards, and it is said part 
of it formed the house now belonging to Mr. L. B. Ham, 
and the other part was the Whitney house. Coon was 
called " Doctor," and in addition to the duties of a landlord 
he added also those of a physician. He was quite illiterate, 
and when prescribing for people of a bilious state he would 
say the medicine was for clearing out the " bilery dux." 
He afterwards lived in a large brick house at the Brook, 
which was also known as the "Coon tavern." Tradition 
says he was a faithful practitioner at the Coon bar. Land- 
lord and Doctor Coon, it is said, combined still another 
profession. He preached as well as practiced. He was a 
man in poor health and was confined to an arm chair, but of 
immense size, weighing about four hundred pounds. He 
■was famous for his mirth and story-telling, and did little else 
than " laugh and grow fat," and made others laugh also. 
He was the author of the saying, " A thousand lies are told 
every day and not half of them are true.' 

Glazier Wheeler was another character of Haverhill. 
He was a very skilled worker in the fine metals, and was 
employed, it is said, by certain persons in Haverhill who 
were willing to make a cheap dollar go as far as a true one, 
to get up such a coin, in which there was only one-half as 
much silver as in the genuine coin dollar. Wheeler got into 
trouble by his counterfeiting and sufifered the consequences 
of his misdeeds. According to the customs of the times 
he had his ears cropped as a part of the penalty. He 
afterwards told some of his customers, for whom he had 
been operating, that they were not satisfied with having 
two dollars for one, but asked of him three and four for 
one, and in this way their adulterated dollars were dis- 
covered. It is said he was subsequently employed in the 
mint at Philadelphia on account of his great skill. 


Richard French, familiarly known in his day as ' 'Dick" 
French, was an early settler in the direction of Briar hill, 
and was famous for his skill as a trapper and a disciple of 
Isaak Walton. What he did not. know of the habits of 
the "speckled trout'' and of wild animals was not worth 
knowing. Pool brook above the Swasey mills was noted 
for its fine trouting, and French pond, the chief source of 
the brook, abounded in trout. Alas, that long ago its 
waters should have been given over to the deadly pickerel, 
so that now only a stray trout can be found. Descendants 
of the famous hunter and trapper are still living in the 
neighborhood of French pond. 

There are two other persons with their families that may 
appropriately be given a place in this chapter, since all 
their business and social relations were with Haverhill, 
although theit homes were not within the limits of the Town . 

Parker Stevens came to Haverhill from Hampstead in 
1787, and settled on a tract of land in Piermont on the 
edge of Haverhill. This tract was the generous lot of 500 
acres. He brought with him a family of seven children. The 
sons became farmers, and the original tract was parcelled 
out to them. The youngest child, Caleb, born in 1782, 
remained on the homestead till quite late in life, when he 
moved to Concord and lived with his son, Lyman D. 
Stevens, and died in 1870. Mr. Parker Stevens was an 
enterprising man, of some force of character and soon 
after coming to Piermont he petitioned the General Court 
to be allowed to run a ferry across the Connecticut river on 
his farm. Caleb Stevens married Sally Dewey., daughter 
of Dea. Dewey of Piermont, and they had two children. 
A daughter, Cynthia, married Isaac H. Healey and lived in 
Piermont. The son, Lyman D., (see Chap. XIX.) 

William Taeleton lived in Piermont on the Turnpike near 
Tarleton lake, a beautiful sheet of water about two miles 


long and nearly a mile wide at its greatest width, to which 
he gave name. The exact time when he came to the Cohos 
Country is not known, but earlier than 1774. He was a 
young man just turned of twenty-one, but a man of force 
and energy, and soon took a prominent part in public 
matters. He came from Newmarket or from that vicinity, 
at least the name is found in the Portsmouth and Xew- 
market Town Papers, and his bearing was such as to 
indicate parentage of social standing. He was a man of 
large ability, intelligence, and influence, and held many 
positions of trust and honor in town, county, and state. 
He was also a man of high character and is said to have 
been quite aristocratic in his tastes and ideas. He held a 
captain's commission in Col . Bedel's regiment in the Revolu- 
tion and subsequently he was appointed Col. of the 13th 
N. H. Militia. He was active in Town matters, and 
represented Piermont and Warren in the legislature, and 
was one of the most widely known citizens of Grafton 
County. He was also a member of the committee in 
1791-2 to revise the Constitution of the State. In 1804 he 
was a Presidential elector, and again in 1808. He ran as 
a candidate for Senator in 1805 and in 1807, and was a 
member of the governor's couucd in 1808. From 1808 to 
1813 he was high-sheriff of Grafton County. All these 
positions at that time were the prizes of the first men of the 
Country, and rarely could a man without possessing ability 
and character attain them. 

We find Col. Tarleton associated in various ways with 
the prominent men of this section of country in all matters 
of enterprise. He was one of the leading spirits in procur- 
ing the charter ot and in pushing to an early completion 
the Cohos turnpike, and was one of the proprietors of that 

From 1774 when travel was pouring into the Cohos 
Country he kept tavern at Tarleton lake, and gave fame to 


that early hostelry where the traveller was sure to find 
not onlj' excellent service, but a host who in intelligence 
and genteel bearing was the peer of his guests. The old 
sign is still preser\ed. It is made of a single oaken board 
beautifully painted. On the top on one side is the name 
"William Tarleton," at the bottom the date, "1774." 
Between the name and the date is a painting 'of Gen. Wolf 
with drawn sword and full uniform. Washington had not 
yet come into view. Wolf was the great hero. On the 
other side . was a representation of "Plenty." The sign 
is now in possession of Amos Tarleton of Haverhill, a 
grandson of Col. William. For two generations it swung 
in the free winds which swept over Tarleton lake, and 
could it speak of all that took place during that time, what 
a strange tale it could tell of the days of old. 

Col. Tarleton was tallish, but not heavily built, erect in 
bearing, and gave the impression, it is said, of superiority 
and force. He wrote a beautiful hand. He was married 
twice. His first wife before her marriage was Betsey Fisk 
of Piermont, a woman of excellent qualities of heart and 
mind. By this union there were five children. For his 
second wife he married Polly Melville of Derry, and they 
had nine children. She outlived her husband some years, 
and was remembered by the older people as a woman of cul- 
ture and society. Of the large family of children, Amos, 
the eldest, succeeded his father in the old homestead. He 
represented the town of Piermont for several years. Most 
of the other children went South and West, (see Chap. 
XIX.) Col. Tarleton died at his home in 1818 at the age 
of 66, and his death is said to have been hastened by 
troubles which came upon him whilst sheriff, through the 
unfaithfulness of some of his deputies, but which in no way 
tarnished his honorable reputation, for which he is said to 
have been very jealous. He lies buried in the Ladd Street 
Cemetery where a beautiful and appropriate monument 


marks his resting place. When the funeral procession 
reached Haverhill Corner the coffin lid was removed, and 
many who could not go to the house were given an oppor- 
tunity of looking upon the face of one so well-known in 
the community and who had filled so many and important 
places of honor and trust. 


SETTJjEES from 1800. 

Division-line between early and late Settlers— River and back Settlements— Briar 
Hill— Along Oliverian — East Haverhill— Woodsville — Biographical Sketches — 
Noyeses — Websters — Barstows — A character — Wilsons — Towles — Ephraim Kings- 
bury — Merrills — Timothy A. Edson — Bells — Noah Davis — Morses — Chester 
Farman — Perley Ayer — The Jeffers — Timothy Wllmot — Michael Carleton — 
Woodwards— Hosea S. Baker — StClairs— The. Pikes— Russell Kimball — James P. 
Brewer — Southards — Charles C. Kimball — Jos. B. Niles — Mansons — John McClary 
— Rixes — John L. Bunce — Stowes — Reding Brothers — Jonathan Nichols — William 
C. Marston — Haywards— Warrens— Jonathan B. Rowell — Elliotts— Timothy K. 
Blaisdell — Cuttings— Clarks-Salmon Fish — Smiths — Alonzo W. Putnam— Cum- 
mings Brothers— Caleb- Hunt -Jackson Brothers— Timothy E. Bacon — Daniel 
Batchelder — John Vose Bean — Bailey Brothers — Charles A. Gale — Darius K. 
Davis — Levi B.Ham — Cun-ier Brothers — Augustus Whitney — The Stevenses — 
The Weekses — J. G. Blood — William H. Nelson — Joseph Powers — Meaders — 
Charles B. Griswold — Andrew J. Edgerly— Caleb Wells— Charles H. Day— R. D. 

I have made the division-line between early and later 
settlers at 1800, which in one sense is purely arbitrary, and 
yet that date may be said to indicate a transition period. 
The early settlers were fast passing away from the stage of 
active life at the beginning of the present century, and a new 
generation of men were stepping into their places. This 
date may also be the division-line between the period of the 
river-settlements and the settlements in the central and east- 
ern section of the Town. Up to 1800 population was 
mainly along the river road, at North Haverhill and Ox Bow 
and at the Corner and the Oliverian falls. A few openings 
were early made in the direction of Briar hill, and still fewer 
to the east, and along the Oliverian, but for the most part 
the territory of the Town east of the river road was an 
unbroken forest at the opening of the present century. As 
long ago as 1830 there were only two or three clearings at 
East Haverhill, and the expanse on which that village stands 
was covered with primeval forest. Indeed the population in 
and around East Haverhill village has chiefly grown since 
the railroad came in. From 1830 population moved in the 


direction of the east and north-east sections of the Town, 
though prior to that date openings were made in all parts of 
the Town. The growth of Woodsville has been quite recent, 
mainly within twenty-five years. 

And thus with the growth and development of the Town 
from 1800 on, I continue the biographical sketches of those 
who were most active in its public history and in its moral, 
educational and material advancement. Some names per- 
haps deserving a place here may have escaped notice. Gen- 
erally the line has run along those who have been active in 
public matters, though others have been recognized on 
account of some special circumstance or characteristic. 

Timothy Noyes came to Haverhill from Portland, Me., 
and lived near the old Isaac Pike place. The exact date is 
not known. Pie had a large family, — fifteen daughters and 
one son. Timothy Noyes and his son Person were the 
discoverers of the whetstone on Cutting hill, and were the 
first manufacturers of scythe-stones in Haverhill. One of 
Timothy Noyes' daughters married Capt. Henry Noyes, — no 
relation, — who lived where Alonzo F. Pike now lives. Per- 
son Noyes' widow became the wife of Isaac Pike, and his 
son Person, (see Chap. XIX), Horace E. and R. H. Noyes 
of East Haverhill are great-grandchildren of Timothy Noyes. 

Benjamin Noyes came from LandalF in 1828, He was 
born in 1813, the son of David Noyes, and his mother was 
a daughter of Col. Mark Fisk who commanded a regiment 
in the War of 1812. He married Mary C. Wheeler of 
Haverhill, and they had six children; one, George, was 
killed at the battle of Gettysburg, and two sons are living in 

David Webster was born in Plymouth, and was a son 
of Col. Webster of that town. He was high-sheriff" of 
Grafton county from about 1783 to 1809. He lived in 
Haverhill for a few years about the beginning of the 
present century, and is said to have built the Samuel T. 


Page house. His sister Betsey married Moore Russell. 
He was known as " Capt. Webster." 

Samuel C. Webster, son of the above, was also high 
sheriff of Grafton county. He graduated from Dartmouth 
College in 1808, and was admitted to the bar at Plymouth, 
and practiced there for many years. It does not appear 
that he practiced his profession after moving to Haverhill. 
He was Speaker of the House of Representatives of New 
Hampshire in 1830, and was a man of ability and influence. 
He married .Catharine, daughter of Moore Russell. He 
died in Haverhill in 1835. 

Stephen P. Webster became a citizen of Haverhill 
about the beginning of the present century, and built the 
Henry Merrill house. He was a graduate from Harvard 
College and taught the Academy for a time. From 1805 
to 1835 he was clerk of the court for Grafton county, and 
held many other public positions. He was moderator for 
many years, selectman, representative, and councillor in 
1829. He was a man of much culture and urbaneness of 
manners, and of high character. Mrs. Webster was a 
woman of refinement, and was intimate, it is said, by the 
second marriage of her father, with Mrs. President John 
Quincy Adams. She was a most devoted Christian, and 
tradition says that she could always be seen going down 
Court Street on prayer meeting evening with her lantern in 
hand. Literally, she "let her light shine." She got up 
the Cent Society in Haverhill, and instructed the collectors 
to "be sure and get the fifty-two cents, especially the hoo" 
She knew the weakness of some very good people to cut off", 
if they could, the two cents. She gave $500 as a perma- 
nent fund to Haverhill Academy, but the money, it is said, 
was lost through negligence of the trustees. 

James P. Webster was a son of Col. Moses and 
Sarah (Kimball) Webster. His father was a leading 
citizen of Landaff', and a brother of Stephen P. Webster. 


He was prominent in public aifairs, serving twelve years 
in succeesion as moderator, for which position, like his 
father, he had a natural talent. He was a representative 
for two years. He married Rebecca M. Pinglish. Their only 
child is Mrs. Eliza W. Kellum. 

John V. Webster, brother of James, was for many 
years engaged in business in Haverhill. He carried on 
a tannery at the Brook in company with James A. Currier, 
and afterwards was the agent of the Haverhill Paper Com- 
pany. He married Sarah Perkins of Lyme. . Mr. Web- 
ster died a year ago. Mrs. David Quimby is a sister of 
the brothers Webster, and the only survivor of Col. 
Moses Webster's ten children. 

Caleb Webster came to Haverhill from Gilmanton and 
was a merchant at North Haverhill for a number of years. 
He married Hannah Peaselee. One of their sons, Sydney, 
married the daughter of Hon. Hamilton Fish, Secretary of 
State under President Grant, and Warren is a surgeon in 
the U. S. Army. Mrs. Webster is still living. 

Henry Barstow was born in Campton in 1787, and 
came to Haverhill about the beginning of the present cent- 
ury. He married for his first wife Harriet, daughter of 
Capt. David W^ebster, and their daughter Lydia married 
Merrill Pearson. His second wife was Frances Pierce of 
Woodstock, Vt., and of their family, Frances is now Mrs. 
Benjamin F. Labaree of Hartland, Vt. Alfred, Anson and 
Gardner, (see Chap. XIX). Ellen married Henry M. 
Ketchum of Chicago. Dea. Barstow was prominent in 
town and church, and was a man of sterling worth in the 
community. He was a deacon in the Congregational church 
for many years, and was one of the earlier merchants of 
Haverhill. In 1840 he moved from Haverhill, going first 
to Claremont, and a few years later to Lowell, Mass., where 
he died. 

William Barstow, brother of Henry, was a clerk in 




Gen. Montgomery's store for a time, and i then became a 
partner with his brother at the old Brick Block. He was 
appointed postmaster in 1841. ,,0f his large family, 
James is the only one now living in this, vicinity. . George 
W. and Charles W,,, (see Chap. XIX.) James represent- 
ed the town of Piermont in the legislature. 

Thomas Barstow, a younger brother of the above, 
was a clerk in their store. He married a Miss Tarleton, 
sister of Amos Tarleton, and a daughter of theirs, Mrs. 
Jesse E. Squires, is now living with her mother on the 
Col. Johnston place. 

EzEKiEL H. Barstow became a resident of Haverhill 
about 1860, and died soon after. He had retired from the 
active duties of a minister and was engaged in teaching in, . 
Newton, Mass., before moving to Haverhill. He was a man 
of superior worth of character. Mrs. B. survived him some 
years, and was a woman of most gentle and winning mari- 
ners, of trained mind and excellent Christian influence. Of 
their children, Mary and John, (see Chap. XIX). Another 
son, William, is in business in Nebraska, and a younger 
daughter, Sallie, is a teacher in Portland, Me. 

Amos Horn was a genius and a character, a shoe-maker 
by trade, and lived where Dr. Moses Carbee's house stands. 
His shop stood, near the side-walk on the opposite side of 
the street. He was fond of dispute, with strong likes and 
dislikes, and was full of dry humor. He went by the name 
of " Judge," and was in the habit of referring to his neigh- 
bors by sarcastic epithets. He was heavy and fat. In 
those days the shoe-maker furnished none of the stock. Dr. 
Carleton, after getting some shoes made at Horn's shop, sent 
his son for the " waxed ends." Horn knowing the Doctor's 
great carefulness in " gathering up the fragments," and not 
willing to aid, him in his economical purpose, unraveled the 
bristles before handing the ' ' waxed ends " to the boyj 
saying, " Your father did not furnish the bristles." On 


another occasion he bought some salt pork of the Doctor, and 
when Horn's son went for it, the Doctor said, " Tell your 
father this pork was killed on the full of the moon, and it 
will swell in the pot." Horn sent the boy back to ask the 
Doctor if he thought it would " bust the pot." Horn came 
on the stage near the beginning of this century. He was 
married in 1803. 

Nathaniel Wilson came to Haverhill in 1801 from 
Pelham at the age of twenty-four, and was the son of Jesse 
and Ruth (Merrill) Wilson. His mother was a sister of 
Maj. Nathaniel Merrill, from whom he was named, and he 
was the ninth of a family of sixteen children. His wife was 
Sarah, the eldest daughter of Capt. Joseph Pearson, and 
they had three children, Isaac P., Ann Maria, and Nathaniel. 
Isaac married Rhoda Brainard, and one of their sons is Geo. 
L. Wilson of Ladd street,- and another is Edward B., (see 
Chap. XIX). Nathaniel, the youngest son of Nathaniel 
and Sarah (Pearson) Wilson (see Chap. XIX). 

Simon Towle was born in Hampton in 1759. He 
afterwards moved to Chester, and married Eleanor Hall of 
that town, and came to Haverhill in 1805. Their children 
were Edward, Henry, Charles, Elizabeth, and Frederick. 
Frederick (see Chap. XIX). Elizabeth married Samuel 
Brooks and lived in Canada ; Charles married Lucy Bellows, 
a cousin of the late Chief Justice Bellows, and also lived in 
Canada ; Henry married Susan Pierce, and lived in Haver- 
hill, and of their children Antoinette became the wife of 
Horace Hunt, Simon married first Rebecca Parkhill of 
Florida, and then Harriet Hunt ; James H. (see Chap. 
XIX) . Susan Emily, the youngest, said to be a person of 
uncommonly lovely character, died early. 

Edward, the oldest child of Simon Towle, was a select- 
man in 1819. He was a large man, of commanding 
presence, and for many years after the death of his father he 
kept the famous Towle stage tavern, the headquarters of the 


court and lawyers after the days of the Joseph Bliss tavern. 
He married Nancy Elliott of Chester, and of their children 
Elizabeth married Dr. Hiram Morgan, Eleanor H. became 
the wife of George W. Chapman, Ann E. married George S. 
Towle, a lawyer and editor in Lebanon ; Charles S. died in 
Canada. Emily H., like her cousin Susan Emily, died 
young, and like her was said to be a person of rare 

Simon Towle died soon after he came to Haverhill. He 
was a soldier of the Revolution, a colonel of militia, and 
represented the town of Chester for several years in the 
legislature before coming to Haverhill. He was a man 
of unusual size, tall and of large frame, and weighed it is 
said four hundred sixty pounds. His ancestors were persons 
of massive size. Col. Towle was a much esteemed citizen 
of the Town, and was the successor of Asa Boynton in 
keeping tavern. 

Ephraim Kingsbury, called " Squire Kingsbury," was 
a man of importance in the Town. He held numerous- 
public positions, being town clerk and treasurer for a number 
of years, and was also a selectman. He was a member of 
the board of trustees of Haverhill Academy, and at one time 
principal of the school. He graduated from Dartmouth 
College in 1797, and afterwards read law, but it does not 
appear that he was in active practice whilst living in Haver- 
hill. He nioved from Town about 1834, and went to 
Connecticut and thence to New York where he died in 1855. 
He was a man of much ability, but somewhat eccentric, and 
was noted for extravagant speech and conduct. Once whilst 
the Methodists were holding tent-meetings on the park, and 
were more than usually demonstrative, Kingsbury went to 
the tent door and read to the meeting the riot act. At 
another time when a piece of road on the Oliverian, which 
had some stone wall in its construction, was to be accepted 
by the Town authorities, he said in describing the character 


of the stone used in the wall, " I can put any three stone 
in it into my eye and wink with perfect ease." 

David Merrill moved to Haverhill in 1804, and settled 
on a tract of land north of Pool brook, which afterwards 
was the Town farm. He was at one time a selectman. He 
had a large family and one of his sons, David, was also a 
selectman. The oldest daughter, Abigail, was the mother 
of Chester M. Carleton, and Schuvler is still living at the 
age of eighty-six. Two of the latter's sons were in the War 
of the Eebellion. 

Benjamin Merrill came from Warren in 1814. He 
was born in Plaistow, and married Sarah Haynes of Eumney, 
who was distinguished when a young lady for her remarkably 
fine voice. Capt. Merrill, as he was usually called, was a 
country merchant in Warren before he came to Haverhill, 
and continued in that business for many years after he moved 
into Town. He was a man of much sagacity and good 
judgment, with a large amount of quiet humor, and could 
be very reticent. On one occasion when keeping store in 
Haverhill, as he locked up to go home, he took a ham for 
family use. After going a few steps he found he had for- 
gotten something, and laying the ham in a feed-box he went 
back. When he returned the ham was missing. He said 
nothing, but some months after a man asked him in his store, 
"Captain, did you ever find out who took your ham?" 
" Yes, you are the very fellow ; walk up and pay for it." 

Capt. Merrill took an active part in public matters, was 
justice of the peace, a director in the Grafton County Bank, 
a selectman for several years, and pension agent. Of his 
children, Abel K. was the oldest. He fitted for colleee at 


Haverhill Academy, and was a member of the class of 1828, 
but was compelled to quit his studies at the end of the junior 
year on account of his health. He intended to devote him- 
self to the ministry. He was town clerk for some years, a 
director of the Grafton County Bank, and was also engaged 


in merchantile business. For nearly fifty years he was 
supelrintendent of the Sabbath schopl of the Congregational 
church, and a deacon for nearly fifty years. He was a promi- 
nent and influential citizen of the Town, and one of its most 
esteemed and well-known citizens. He was also widely 
recognized in the county and state in church • matters, and 
was a delegate from New Hampshire to the National Council 
of Congregational Churches in 1855, which met in Boston. 
He was a man of great purity of character,, and a most kind 
and steadfast friend. Dea. Merrill was married twice, his 
wives being sisters, the Misses^ Leverett of Windsor, Vt., 
arid their children, Lizzie and three brothers (see Chap. 

Henry Merrill was educated at Haverhill Academy and 
also spent one year at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. 
He was postmaster for thirteen years, beginning his term of 
service under President Lincoln. His first wife's maiden 
name was Mary J. Weeks of Salisbury, Vt., and his second 
wife was Helen C. Currier before her marriage, Three of 
their children are living in Haverhill. Mr. Merrill is a 
prominent citizen of the Town, and a member of the board 
of trustees of Haverhill Academy. He is now engaged in 

Arthur was educated at the Academy, and afterwards 
went to' Boston in the life insurance business. His health 
failing he afterwards returned to Haverhill, and died of con- 
sumption. His wife was Sarah Merrill of Plymouth before 
her marriage, and their children are all living in the West. 
The youngest, a promising young man, died^ in Montana a. 
few years ago. 

Harriet married Timothy K. Blaisdell. Another daughter 
became the wife of Eev. Alfred Goldsmith. Louisa married 
John L. Bunce. Charlotte was the wife of Dr. Phineas 
Spalding. William (see Chap. XIX). , 

John Merrill was born in Warren, and was educated 


at Haverhill Academy. He was a real estate broker in Bos- 
ton for nearly fifty years. He married Mary C. S. Wells 
of Plymouth, and of their children three are living, Mrs. 
Preston of Medford, Mass., Charles H., a merchant in 
Boston, and a son who lives with his mother in Haverhill in 
the Bell house. Mr. Merrill moved from Cambridge to 
Haverhill in 1874, and died suddenly a few years ago in 
Boston. He was of fine personal presence, and a most 
companionable man. 

Daniel F. Merrill was bom in Stratham in 1812, and 
fitted for college at Hampton Academy. He entered Dart- 
mouth College in 1832, and graduated in course. After 
leaving college he was principal of Haverhill Academy for 
two years, and then his health failing he went to Mobile, 
Alabama, and was a successful teacher in that city for 
twenty years. During the last year of this time he was 
superintendent of public schools of Mobile, and also for 
several years he was school commissioner. After his retire- 
ment from teaching he was superintendent of a copper mine 
in northern Georgia. In 1860 he returned to Haverhill, 
and again was at the head of the Academy for several years, 
and also filled the office of school superintendent for the 
Town. He then went to Washington and was a clerk in 
the treasury department from 1865 to 1886. He married 
Luella B., daughter of Jacob and Laura (Bartlett) Bell, and 
they had a family of six children. Mr. Merrill is a man of 
the highest character, and has filled a most useful and honor- 
able life. 

Timothy A. Edson was a leading citizen of Haverhill 
in the earlier years of this century. He was a selectman in 
1807, high-sheriff" of Grafton county from 1813 to 1818. 
In 1824 he moved to Littleton where he died. His wife is 
said to have been a woman of much character, brisht in 
intellect and elegant in manners. Mr. Edson was at one 


time the owner of the Hazen farm and lived there for a 

Bell Brothers — Joseph (see Chap. XVII). 

Jacob Bell came to Haverhill in 1811, at first engaging 
in teaching in the northern part of the Town, and then was 
a clerk in a store of Gen. Montgomery, and with his brother 
James, who came to Haverhill about 1830, engaged in mer- 
chantile life, and did a very extensive business. They were 
also the owners of a large tannery and a potash factory as 
well as a saw mill and a grist mill. James was the financial 
manager of the firm. South American hides were brought 
from Boston in large quantities in exchange for leather and 
potash. About 1840 James Bell moved to Bolton, Mass., 
and died there in 1864. He was married twice and had a 
family of thirteen children, seven of whom are living. 
Two daughters married McPhersons of Boston, distinguished 
decorators, who learned their art in London and Edinburgh. 
James W. and John (see Chap. XIX). 

Mr. Jacob Bell continued to live in Haverhill till his 
death. Of his children, J. Leroy Bell, lives in Haverhill, 
and is a merchant. He enlisted in the War in 1862, and 
saw hard service in the campaign against Richmond from the 
battle of the Wilderness till the early autumn of 1864. He 
was wounded several times, and was mustered out of service 
at the close of the war with the rank of captain, having 
risen to that position from a private. Capt. Bell's present 
wife is the daug'hter of Moses M. Weeks. The daughters 
of Jacob Bell, one married Hon. Ellery A. Hibbard of 
Laconia, a prominent lawyer and formerly a Congressman, 
and the other is Mrs. Daniel F. Merrill of Washington. 

Noah Davis was born in Connecticut about 1787, and 
came to Hanover where he was apprenticed to a druggist and 
learned that business. Afterwards he settled in Haverhill, 
and was engaged in selling drugs and medicines, and also 
dry goods. He remained in Haverhill till 1825, when he 


moved to Albion, New York. Mr. Davis built the house 
now owned and occupied by George W. Chapman, Esq., 
and the little store where he sold goods Stood on the south 
side of the lot. He married Freelove Arnold, and had a 
large family of children. His eldest son, Noah, (see Chap. 

Morses. — Two brothers, John and Daniel, came to 
Haverhill about 1806 from Plymouth. A son of John is 
Rev. Joseph B. Morse (see Chap. XIX). A son of Daniel, 
Lafayette, lives on the homestead at Horse meadow ; an- 
other Daniel, father of Luther C. Morse (see Chap. XVH), 
lived at North Haverhill. The two Daniels were not related. 
Mr. Osgood Morse was the youngest son of John Morse of 
Horse meadow. Charles O. and Edward B. are sons of 

Other Morse Brothers came from Hebron in 1824, 
and settled in the eastern part of the town which was then 
an almost unbroken wilderness. It is said there were five 
brothers. Jacob is still living, and was a selectman and a 
representative in the legislature. Isaac was also a select- 
man and represented the Town several years. One of 
Jacob's daughters is the wife of George Wells of North 

Stephen Adams was born in Lexington, Mass., and 
came to Haverhill in the early part of the present century. 
His second wife was the sister of the late Michael Johnston. 
His oldest son, Charles J. (see Chap. XIX). Another son, 
Stephen, was a Methodist minister, and Abbie married 
Henry H. Wilder, a prominent business man of Lowell, 
Mass. Capt. Adams was a large man, tall and well built. 
He was captain of a horse company of militia, and was very 
fond of having himself addressed by his military title. The 
boys who were accustomed to go to his store to buy candies, 
would sometimes forget' this point of civility, whei'eupon the 
Captain would disregard their wishes. When, however. 


they remembered to call him by his proper military title, he 
was sure to reward their politeness with an extra sugar-plum 
and a pleasant manner. 

Chester Farman came to Haverhill in 1810 from Straf- 
ford, Conn., and settled near Pool brook. • He was engaged 
in lumbering and mill building. In manners and speech he 
was plain and unassuming, with a quaint humor that agree- 
ably spiced his conversation. He possessed great excellence 
of character, and was a man of strictest integrity. For 
many years he was a deacon in the Congregational church, 
and took an active and genuine interest in its welfare and 
support. On one occasion the church being in financial 
distress, he said, " I wish I was rich, I would do so and so," 
and then repeated what the good Scotch woman said, " but 
I suppose the Lord don't trust me." He married for his 
second wife Lucy Stearns of Haverhill. Their only son, 
Jeremiah Gordon, married Cynthia Hastings Ladd, and 
lived in Haverhill till 1852, when he moved to Hartland, 
Vt., and afterwards to Claremont. The daughters of Dea. 
Farman were Miriam Sargent, and Anne Watson. A 
daughter of the former is the wife of William B. Stevens of 
Bradford, Vt. Of Jeremiah Gordon Farman's children, one 
married Sheron Howard, a lawyer of St. Johnsbury, Vt., 
Cynthia Hastings became Mrs. Fulton of Bradford, Vt., 
Elinor Louisa married Leonard Cady of St. Johnsbury, Vt., 
and Sarnuel Ladd was for many years connected with the 
Claremont Paper Co., and is now living at White River 
Junction engaged in the paper business. He is the last of 
Dea. Farman's descendants bearing the Farman name. 

Perley Ayer was born in Piermont in 1798, and came 
to Haverhill in early youth. He was for many years the 
owner of what is now the county farm. He moved to the 
Corner in 1853. He married Mary E. Worthen. A son, 
Phineas, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1852. A 


grandson, Perley, is living with his aunt, Miss Eliza Ayer, 
on the homestead. 

Jeffers — James, Josiah, John — came to Haverhill 
about 1810, and settled in the eastern part of the town. A 
neighborhood in that section is now known as the ' ' Jeffers 
neighborhood," where some of their descendants still live. 
Several members of this family held public positions in 
Town. They have been farmers, and Sylvester Jeffers has 
for many years been a lumber manufacturer. 

Timothy Wilmot came to Haverhill in 1815, and of 
his large family Harvey B. (see Chap. XIX). Haron lives 
in Haverhill, Mary (Mrs. Daniel Sargent) in Cambridgeport, 
Mass., find Betsey (Mrs. Henry Tower), and Harriet (Mrs. 
Charles Snow) in Hudson, Mass. 

Michael Carleton was born in Newbury, Vt., and 
came to Haverhill in 1812. He married Betsey -Putnam of 
Newbury. They both died within a year, in 1875-6. The 
oldest child, Michael, is living in Haverhill, and married for 
his first wife Louisa B. Kodgers of Newbury, Vt., and for 
his second Susan Cone of Guildhall, Vt. They had three 
children, Charles, Annie, and Bessie. The daughters mar- 
ried, one as his first, the other as his second wife, Frank D. 
Hutchins, cashier of the national bank, Lancaster, and a 
graduate of Dartmouth College. Sally Putnam married 
William H. Burbeck, and of their children, Edward C. and 
George (see Chap. XIX) . James lives in Concord ; 
Walter, who married Abbie, daughter of Ezra S. Kimball, 
lives in Binghamton, N. Y. ; Mary ai:id William O. are 
with their parents. The latter married Carrie A. Blanchard, 
of Cumberland, Me., and was educated at Lancaster Acad- 
emy. A daughter of William H. Burbeck by his first 
marriage lives in Boston. Mehitabel B. married Levi 
Rodgers of Guildhall, Vt., and their children are Levi and 
Michael C. (see Chap. XIX), and Harriet C. Betsey 
married Stephen J. Roberts and lives in Claremont. Mary 


and Martha were twins, the former dying in 1856, the 
latter marrying Eben L. Rowell of Newport. Harriet 
Newel died young. Horace D. married Mary Eliza Mahu- 
rin, a woman of gentle manners and winsome character. 

C. B. M. Woodward lived for the greater part of his 
life in Town, and was an esteemed and most worthy man. 
In the early part of his life he was a Methodist minister, and 
took a deep, interest in temperance reform. In his later 
years he was engaged in the manufacture of patent medi- 
cines. He married Sophronia Mudgett, a woman of superior 
mind and worth. Mr. Woodward died a few years ago, 
and Mrs. Woodward is living with a daughter in Orange, 
Mass. Another daughter married Dea. Samuel S. Shep- 
herd, Salem, Mass. 

George Woodward came to Haverhill from Springfield, 
Vt., about 1836, and purchased a farm at Horse meadow. 
His wife's maiden name was Nancy A. Lake. .Of their 
children George J. lives on the homestead, and Henry L. is 
a farmer at North Haverhill. 

HosEA Swett Baker was a young man less than twenty 
years of age when he came to Haverhill about 1817, and 
was a descendant on his mother's side of Capt. John Love- 
well the famous Indian warrior. His mother died when he 
was an infant, and he came to live with an uncle in Pier- 
mont. Before he was of age he attended Haverhill Academy, 
earning money for that purpose, and fitting himself for 
teaching which he pursued for several years in Ha:verhill and 
in Eumney. Afterwards he engaged in the lumber business 
on the Oliverian. In 1825 he moved to the Corner and 
carried on for many years the meat business, and was also 
engaged in the shoe and leather trade and general merchan- 
dise with Blaisdell & Co. The last thirty years of his life 
he followed farming at East Haverhill. 

Mr. Baker was a man of excellent ability and good judg- 
ment, and of large intelligence. He was well known in all 


this section of Grafton county, and was noted for his genial 
nature and love of conversation and anecdote. He v»ras 
probably the best informed man in Haverhill in its local and 
personal history, and took a deep interest in these pages, for 
v^hich he contributed many facts and incidents. He was full 
of energy and enterprise, and was always ready to engage in 
whatever was for the good of the community. 

Mr. Baker held many places of trust and honor, — deputy- 
sheriiF, captain of militia, postmaster, justice of the peace 
for forty years, selectman, representative, and trustee of 
Haverhill Academy, He helped to organize one of the 
earliest Sabbath schools iu Town, and was its superintendent 
for a time. He was also often in requisition in the settle- 
ment of estates, and in all these positions he acquitted himself 
with credit and fidelity. He was a ihember of the Masonic 
fraternity, and in religion a Methodist. He died in 1885 at 
the age of eighty-six years. 

He married Fanny Huntington of Hanover, and of their 
six children three are living. Peyton Randolph was a grad- 
uate of Dartmouth College in 1848, and practiced his 
profession in Maine. He died in 1873. Oliver Randolph 
Baker, a clothing merchant iu' Bradford, Vt., is a son of 
Peyton Randolph. Solon H. lives at East Haverhill. 
Oliver is in business in Kansas, and the daughter is married 
to Rev. Moses T. Runnels, a Congregational minister. 

, St.Clairs sometimes pronounced Sinclairs. — Jonathan 
and Samuel came to Haverhill about 1818, perhaps earlier. 
Jonathan kept tavern very soon after mo^dng to Haverhill in 
the three-story brick house now owned and occupied by Dr. 
Spaulding. A daughter married Ezra Hutchins who became 
a prominent merchant in Boston. 

Samuel Sinclair lived on the turnpike iibout one mile from 
the Corner. . ' : . 

Moses H. Sinclair was a nephew of Jonathan aiid 'Samuel. 
He was at one time jailor, and also served' as moderator of 

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town-meeting, and was known as "Major Sinclair." He 
married "Mary Burnham of Eumney,, and they had four 
children, two of whom are living in Concord, — Henry and 
Nelson. As illustrating Maj. Sinclair's humor, a person 
of rather large feet wanted a pair of shoes made, — Maj. Sin- 
clair was of that trade, — and asked to know how soon he 
could have them. The Major replied, " That '11 depend on 
the weather." " What," said his customer, " has that to 
do with it?" " Why," was the waggish answer, " I shall 
have to build them on the commons, as there isn't room 
enough in the shop." 

Isaac Pike was bom in 1799 in Cockermouth, now the 
towns of Hebron and Grafton, and was the fifth child of 
Moses and Mary (Bell) Pike in a family of thirteen children. 
The Pike family came to this country as early as 1635, and 
settled on a farm in Salisbury, Mass., which is still in 
possession of descendants of the name. An early member 
of the family was a graduate of Harvard College, and was 
the first minister of the Congregational church in Dover. 
Nicholas Pike, author of the Pike arithmetic, very generally 
used in schools fifty y«ars ago, was also of this family. The 
New Hampshire branch of the Pike family, consisting of 
several brothers, came to Cockermouth about 1785 from 
Dunstable, Mass, and the late Hon. Austin F. Pike, a sen- 
ator in Congress, was a grandson of the youngest of these 
brothers. A brother of the late senator lives at the Brook. 

Isaac Pike came to Haverhill about 1818, and settled in 
the east part of the Town, where, at the age of twenty, he 
cleared a piece of land and built himself a house. This 
house • is now owned by Eoyal H. Noyes. Mr. Pike was 
married twice. His first wife was Irene Dole, and a grand- 
son, Samuel P. (see Chap.- XIX). His second wife was 
Sally M. Noyes, and they had seven children, of whom four 
^re living, — Mrs. John L. Ayer, Alonzo F., Isaac, and 


Edwin B. Sarah M. married Henry Smith, and a son, 
Frank A. (see Chap. XIX). 

Mr. Pike was engaged in farming, lumbering, and in the 
manufacture of scythe-stones, and till near the time of his 
death he was one of the most active business men in Haver- 
hill. He also was a merchant, and at one time lived at the 
Corner, keeping store in the building afterwards used for the 
same purpose by Samuel F. Hook. 

In early times the timber and lumber of the upper Con- 
necticut was taken down the river in rafts. Mr. Pike ran 
large quantities of logs and lumber from Haverhill to Hart- 
ford, Conn. He also transported whetstones on his rafts, 
and hauled large quantities of them to Burlington, Vt., and 
then shipped them to New York by water. 

Mr. Pike was a man of great energy and enterprise, 
and was esteemed a strictly honest man. On several occa- 
sions he became much involved financially, but he always 
refused the offer to settle for less than the full amount. 
Courage, perseverance, and industry were prominent traits 
of his character, and his impulses were kindly and generous. 
He gave the ground on which the first church in East Haver- 
hill was built, and he was a willing and constant supporter 
of its services. In personal appearance he was somewhat 
more than medium in size, with dark eyes and thick, black 
hair, broad shouldered, erect in form, and weighed about 
two hundred pounds. He died of apoplexy. 

Alonzo F. Pike is the fourth child of the above, and was 
born in 1835. He is a self-made man, and early displayed 
the same business energy and courage of his father. Before 
he was of age he bought out his father's store and carried on 
the business for himself. At the time of Isaac Pike's death 
the whetstone business was in a very unsatisfactory condition, 
and the estate being very much entangled, Mr. Pike, at the 
earnest solicitation of the mother and family, consented to 
act as administrator of the property, and by careful and wise 


management he succeeded in unraveling the entanglement, 
and settling the estate. Although his plans had been formed 
to engage in business in the city, he now abandoned his 
purpose and entered into the business of his father. At that 
time the whetstone business was comparatively limited, but 
by great energy and industry it has now grown to be one of 
the most extensive plants in the state. Mr. Pike has been 
an earnest, indefatigable worker, and by close attention to 
his affairs, careful and prudent direction of his plans, and 
punctuality and integrity he has risen from a meagre begin- 
ning, and in the course of twenty-five years of his business 
life finds himself one of the most successful business men of 
the state. He has a sound and trustworthy business judg- 
ment. He is president of the A. F. Pike Manufacturing 
Company, and one of its principal owners. He resides at 
Pike Station, in a beautiful and sightly home which looks to 
the east on one of the finest scenes in all this region, having 
for the fore-ground the charming valley, through which the 
Oliverian winds, with the foot-hills of Benton beyond, and 
back of these the grand outlines of Moosilauke. 

Mr. Pike married Ellen M. Hutchins, and has a family 
of five children living, and he owes much to a thoughtful and 
faithful wife for the large measure of his success. He takes 
a deep interest in all matters of public concernment, and is a 
generous and public-spirited citizen. He is a trustee of Ha- 
verhill Academy, and a liberal supporter of the church. In 
looks he resembles his father, dark complexion, black eyes 
and hair, stocky in build, square shouldered, strong and firm 
mouth, full head, the whole man in his physique indicating 
energy and force of character. He is a most kindly and 
genial man, and hospitable in his home, still in the prime 
of life, turned a little of fifty-three years. 

Isaac and Edwin B. are brothers of Alonzo F., and in 
business with him. Edwin B. lives at the Corner. His 
wife, recently deceased, before her marriage was Addie A. 


Miner, and of their children two are living. Mr. Pike is a 
■courteous and large hearted citizen, and a member of the 
Congregational church. 

Charles W., son of Samuel Pike, has been a selectman of 
the Town, and Burns H., Charles J. and Oscar B. are sons 
of Drury Pike. 

A family of Pikes came to Haverhill in 1830, and were 
engaged in the manufacture of bricks at North Haverhill. 
Newhall was a selectman. 

Russell Kimball was born in Kingston in 1799, and 
came to Haverhill about 1818. He served as a clerk in 
Capt. Merrill's store for ten years and then became a partner 
with his employer. Their store was on Court street. He 
married Louisa Bean of Lyman, a sister of Samuel V. Bean 
who was at one time principal of the Academy, and a niece 
of Stephen P. Webster. Of their family only one child is 
living, Peabody W. Mr. Russell Kimball gave himself 
strictly to his business and was successful in that direction, 
having accumulated at the time of his death a large property. 
He was an esteemed citizen. 

Peabody W., son of the above, was born in 1834, and 
was educated at Haverhill Academy and at Newbury Sem- 
inary. He married Jane Pearson, and their two children, a 
daughter and son, are living at home. Mr. K. was a clerk 
in his iB.ther's store for some years and then became a partner 
with him. After the death of his father in 1862 he retired 
from active business. He is a man of excellent ability, safe 
judgment, and sound sense. Being left with a large prop- 
erty which he has carefully managed, he is now one of the 
wealthiest citizens of Haverhill. His extreme diffidence has 
stood in the way of accepting public trusts for which his 
ability and integrity especially qualify him. He was, how- 
ever, a representative in the legislature for several terms, 
and has been for many years a trustee of Haverhill Academy. 
He is a deacon in the Congregational church and has been 


superintendent of the Sabbath school, in both of which he 
has always taken a deep interest. As a citizen and neighbor 
he is highly esteemed, and though a man of ample fortune 
he is entirely free from pride or ostentation. With his more 
intimate acquaintances and friends he is social and genial, 
and has a quick sense of the humorous . He is thoroughly 
devoted to his family. 

Charles C. Kimball came to Haverhill in 1843, and 
of his five children four are living in Town, — John G., Geo. 
F., Albert F., and M. E. Morris E. Kimball was post- 
master at North Haverhill for twelve years. Charles M. 
lives in Newbury, Yt. 

James P. Brewer (see Chap. XIX) . 

Southards, Moses and Aaron, came to Haverhill in 
1822 from Walpole and settled on the Col. Porter farm 
which was divided between them, and which has remained in 
the Southard name ever since. They are descendants of an 
old family that came to New England in the Mayflower. 
They were twins and were often taken for each other on 
account of their striking resemblance. Both were- married 
before they came to Haverhill. Lyman M. is the only one 
of Moses Southard's family living, and he resides on the 
widow Currier farm. He married for his first wife Jane 
Bachup, and for his second a daughter of Dudley C. 
Kimball of Newbury, Vt. 

Aaron Southard's children were Samuel F., who occupies 
the old Porter homestead, Joseph who died at nine years of 
age, Eliza, Ann Jane, and Kate. Two of the daughters 
married sons of Gov. Page, and one became Mrs. John N. 
Morse. The mother of these children is said to have been 
a very superior woman. , 

Moses and Aaron Southard were very successful in busi- 
ness, and were amongst the leading- agriculturalists of 
Grafton county. They were highly esteemed citizens of the 


Town. Aaron was a Congregationalist and a generous 
supporter of that faith. ... 

Samuel F. was only nine years of age when hi« father 
moved to Haverhill. He received part of his education at 
Haverhill Academy, and is an intelligent citizen. He takes 
laudable pride in his beautiful and productive farm, and gives 
to it his entire attention, and like his father before him, he 
is a prominent agriculturalist. He enjoys the friendship of 
the leading citizens of the Town, and is a man of integrity 
and character. 

Joseph B. Niles lived in Benton before he moved to 
Haverhill about sixty years ago. Two sons, Alonzo F. and 
Horace L. (see Chap. XIX). 

Alexander Manson came to Haverhill about 1825, 
and was a blacksmith. . Several of his sons followed the 
same trade. Two, Alexander and Charles, live in Exeter ; 
Mary and Lucy F. married .Boswells, and Elizabeth, Mrs. 
George Kimball, lives in Black River Falls, Wis. Mrs. 
Shepardson of East Haverhill is also a daughter. Mr. 
Manson had a brother die in California a few years ago who 
amassed a large fortune. 

John McClary came to Haverhill in 1832 from Bristol 
where he was engaged in the tannery business witl;i Gov. N. 
S. Berry. He was born in Newburyport, Mass., in 1792, 
and lived some years in Lisbon. Maj. Andrew McClary, 
who was killed in the battle of Bunker Hill, was an ancestor 
of his. At tl\e., breaking out of the War of 1812 young 
McClary enlisted for one year, and at the expiration of that 
time he enlisted " for the war." In 1814 he was commended 
by officers to the attention of the W^ar Department as a suit- 
able person to hold a commission in the regular army, having 
been sergeant major in the ,45th. Reg. of Vols., where he 
showed himself an efficient and faithful, soldier. At the 
close of the war he returned to Lisbon, and afterward moved 
to Bristol. When he came to Haverhill he entered into 


partnership for five years with the Bells at the Brook in th^ 
tanning business, and before the expiration of that time rhe 
was elected register of deeds fqr Grafton county, which office 
he held, for five consecutive years. He also served one year 
by appointm.ent . of the county commissioners to fill the 
vacancy caused by th^ resignation of B. F. Dow. He was 
a representative in the legislature in ,1834-5, and took an 
active part in Town matters, being selectman and town clerk. 

Col. McQlary was of Scotch origin, and belonged to the 
McClarys who settled in Epsom before the Revolution. He 
married twice,, first Rebecca Dodge, of Lisbon, and after- 
wards her sister. Mrs. Silvester Reding is a daughter by 
the first marriage. He was colonel of the 13th Regiment 
N. H. Militia, a man of intelligence, high character, public 
spirited, and much esteemed by his fellow-townsmen. 

RiXES. — "Maj. Rix," ap he was called, moved to Haver- 
hill about 1825, and was a man of strong will and vigorous 
mind. He was noted for his facility in amplifying news, 
and had a very imaginative conception, of things. 

John L., his son, was a prominent man in Town. In 
build he was slender, but active and wide-awake. He was a 
mercha,nt, and was regarded a^ a man of integrity. He 
represented the Town in the legislature,. and was a selectman, 
and had much to do with local politics, of which he was a 
shrewd master, and kept the, run of details. He was also 
intelligent in regard to political movements. He was for 
many years a member of the Republican state committee. 
As a citizen he was public spirited, ai;id of generous impulses, 
fond of story, and a radical temperance man. Mr. Rix was 
a director in the B. C. & M. Railroad. 

Nathaniel Rix came from, Littleton and, was prominent 
in that town, having been a representative in the legislature 
from 1821 to 18^7, and also a member of the governor's 
council in 1832—3. He moved to Haverhill about 1840, 
and topk an active part in public matters, serving as select- 


man and representing. the Town in the legislature. He was 
also register of deeds. 

John L. Bunce came to Haverhill from Hartford, Conn., 
about 1825 to take charge of the Grafton county bank as its 
cashier. Previous to this he held a subordinate position in 
the Phoenix bank of that city. After a ser^dce in Haverhill 
of some years he returned to Hartford as chashier of the 
Phoenix bank, and continued in that position for many years 
until he retired and accepted the presidency of the bank in 
1860. He was a man of scrupulous integrity and a careful 
financier. As a family man he was social and full of geni- 
ality, and fond of his friends. He had a special passion for 
fishing, and after banking hours whilst he lived in Haverhill 
he often drove out to Tarleton lake to try his hand at the 
rod and line for pickerel. He married for his first wife 
Louisa Gookin, and for his second Louisa Merrill. His 
children are living in Hartford, Conn., one son following the 
business of his father. 

Stowes. — Amos Stowe came to Haverhill from Spring- 
field, Vt., in 1825. He was born in Concord, Mass., and 
was a Revolutionary soldier. He died in 1829, and is 
buried at East Haverhill. 

Joseph Stowe, son of the above, came to Haverhill at 
the time his father did, and married for his second wife 
Priscilla Page of Landaif, and of their seven children 
William Page (see Chap. XIX). Joseph Stowe settled on 
the North Branch of the Oliverian about a mile from East 
Haverhill village, where he built a saw mill. Quite a story 
connects itself with the latter. Mr. Stowe was a staunch 
temperance man, and refused to have rum at the raising. 
After the first section of the frame was up the gang of men 
wanted rum, and being refused they propped the frame and 
quit work. For several days thie country round was scoured 
before men enough could be got to finish raising without 
rum. A part of this frame was afterwards used for the 


building where George W. Richardson keeps store at East 
Haverhill. The class teacher remonstrated with Mr. Stowe 
for his fanaticism, telling him that he would "ruin the 
church and break up the Democratic party." Mr. Stowe 
was crier of the court and also a selectman, and whilst hold- 
ing this latter office he came near losing his life on account 
of prosecuting the license law and posting the names of forty 
common drunkards in Town. He moved from Haverhill in 
1842, and settled in Wisconsin. 

Reding Brothers — John R. Reding was born in 
Portsmouth in 1805, the son of a ship-master, and received 
what school education he had in the common school. After 
leaving school he served in a grocery store for a year and 
then entered the office of the New Hampshire Patriot, owned 
and edited by Hon. Isa-ac Hill, to learn the " art preserva- 
tive," where he remained till 1826 when he became foreman 
in the Boston Statesman office, afterwards changed to the 
Boston Post. He held that position for two years, and then 
came to Haverhill in 1828. In July of that year he issued 
the first number of the Democratic Republican, and was its 
sole proprietor and editor till 1841 . The paper was vigor- 
ously edited and influential. In 1840 Mr. Reding was 
elected to Congress, and served four years. He took hiS 
seat in the extra session called by President Harrison at the 
beginning of his presidential term. The Democratic Repub- 
lican continued to be published by his brothers, Messrs. 
Warren and Silvester, till the paper was suspended in 1863. 
Mr. Reding was appointed postmaster in 1831, being the 
fourth postmaster of Haverhill, and held the office for ten 
years. He was also chosen to various town offices, serving 
as selectman, overseer of the poor, and town agent for build- 
ing the Town house. In 1840 he was a delegate to the 
National Democratic Convention in Baltimore that nominated 
Martin Van Buren, and in 1852. he served in the same 
capacity in the National Democratic Convention which placed 


in nomination Gen. Pierce. F'or five years he held the office 
of naval store-keeper at Portsmouth, and in 1860 he was 
elected mayor of that city, but declined a second term. He 
was a member of the legislature for three years from Ports- 
mouth, and was chairman of the committee to select a site 
for the county buildings and to build the same for Eocking- 
ham county. He also engaged in farming, building, and 
other lines of business, in all of which he displayed energy 
and enterprise, and achieved large success. 

Mr. Eeding moved to Portsmouth in 1853, where he now 
resides at a green old age, erect, quick of step, and with 
mental powers unimpaired. He married Rebecca, the 
youngest sister of Hon. Isaac Hill, who died in Washing- 
ton. His second wife before her marriage was Jane Martin 
of St. Johnsbury, Vt. They have no children. 

Silvester was engaged for many years in the publication 
of the paper his brother founded. He was register of deeds 
and represented the Town in the legislature. He married 
Ellen D., daughter of Col. John- McClary, and they have 
four children. John (see Chap. XIX), Mary P., Mrs. 
George F. Putnam ; Ellen, Mrs. George Butler, and Wil- 
liam, now a clerk in the Naval Office, Boston. Mr. Reding 
was an intelligent and esteemed citizen of the Town. 

Warren was also connected with the Democratic Repub- 
lican. He married Amelia C. Chandler, a woman of very 
superior character, and their only child, Harry, is a graduate 
of Washburn College, Kansas, to which state Mr. R. moved 
about 1870. He was postmaster at Centralia, Kansas, at 
the time of his death. 

Jonathan iS. Nichols came to Haverhill in 1828, and 
engaged in the manufacture of carriages. He was also for 
twenty years agent of the Fairbanks Scale Company of St. 
Johnsbury, Vt., and traveled mostly in the South and West. 
He married for his first wife Myra, daughter of Gen. Mont- 
gomery. George E., Nellie P., and Clara I., (see Chap. 


XIX.) Mr. Nichols is one of Haverhill's most intelligent 

William C. Marston is the son of Capt. David Mars- 
ton who was a prominent and energetic citizen of Benton. 
William C., has been a selectman and a representative in the 
legislature. A daughter, Mrs. Edward Brainerd, lives in 

Haywoods, Bexjamin and Nathaniel. This is prob- 
ably the same name as Hayward which appears in the early 
history of the Town. The Haywoods came from Vermont. 
Nathaniel's son, Alvah E., married a daughter of James 
Jeffers, and of their six children five went West, and one is 
Mrs. Solon H. Baker. Alvah E. was selectman and town 
clerk, justice of the peace, and captain of militia. 

Warrens, Luther and George. — The former was 
largely engaged in the lumber business. A daughter mar- 
ried a Congregational minister, and a son married a sister of 
A. F. Pike. The daughter of George Warren is promi- 
nent as a revivalist, and is a woman of much power and 
success as a speaker. She lives in Montana. 

Jonathan B. Rowell came tp Haverhill about 1830, 
and was a -prominent citizen of the Town, being selectman 
for several years. He was a man of much energy. In 1846 
he moved to Illinois, and of his large family some have made 
their mark in the world. Jonathan H., Chester, (see Chap. 

RoswELL Elliott's great-grandfather was one of the 
first settlers in Benton, and signed the call for the first town- 
meeting of that town. Roswell Elliott was a selectman of 
Haverhill in 1862. 

Timothy K. Blaisdell was an uncle of the late Daniel 
Blaisdell, and came to Haverhill about 1835. He built the 
cottage parsonage house as it was before the recent altera- 
tions, and was a merchant. He was town clerk in 1838, 
and postmaster in 1841. Mr. Blaisdell married Harriet 


Merrill, daughter of Capt. Benjamin Merrill, itnd they had 
five children. A son, Timothy, served in the War of the 
Rebellion, and died at its close. One of the daughters be- 
came the vi^ife of William Blanchard of Chicago, a success- 
ful lumber merchant. Another married Charles H. Cram 
of Chicago, a graduate of Dartmouth College, and an 
accomplished gentleman, and fond of literature and rare 
books. He was engaged in the shoe trade, and died a iew 
years ago. Mrs. Cram lives in Haverhill. Her oldest son, 
Nathan, a graduate of Dartmouth College, is supervisor of 
a division of the public schools of Washington, D. C, a 
daughter, Bessie, has spent two years in Germany, pursuing 
her education, a married daughter lives in Chicago. 

Cuttings. — James and Abliah came to Haverhill in 
1834 from Hanover, and settled near Pike Station. Of 
James' family John W. has been a selectman and a repre- 
sentative in the legislature. Abijah's family moved to Iowa, 
and one of the sons, James A., (see Chap. XIX). 

WiLLiA.M R. Clark married a daughter of Josiah Col- 
burn who was an eccentric man. Being asked about his 
religious hope, said, "I've nothing to brag of." On another 
occasion during his last illness, when a neighboring minis- 
ter called to see him, and after prayer at the bed-side, 
remarked that he must put his trust in the Saviour, Mr. 
Colburn replied, " I'd sooner trust Him than an Injun." 

Henry H. Clark came to Haverhill from Bath, and 
was register of deeds four years. He was born in Lyman. 
His education was pursued at Bath and at Newbury and 
Montpelier, Vt., fitting for college in 1871. Being pre- 
vented by sickness from entering college, he took a special 
course at Tilton Seminary. In 1872 he was appointed 
head master of Seabury Institute, Saybrook, Conn., serving 
till 1876 when he resigned on account of health. Later he 
was principal of Bath Academy. He also served for several 
years as superintendent of schools in Bath, and was town 


clerk. He is now instructor in mathematics in Dow Acad- 
emy, Franconia. Mr. Clark has taught with much success, 
and was one of the most efficient registers of deeds the 
county ever had. He married Annie E. Babcock of Gran- 
ville, Vermont, and they have two children. Politically a 
Democrat, religiously a member of the Congregational 

Saljion Fish came to Haverhill from Charlestown in 
1838. His name was changed to Fremont. Of the four 
children only one survives, Mrs. Osgood Morse. One of the 
sons, Sewall Lawrence, was a graduate of West Point. His 
early education was received at Haverhill Academy. He 
saw military service in the Seminole War, and afterwards 
took part in the Mexican War, coming out of it with the 
rank of captain. In 1855 he resigned his commission and 
engaged in building railroads in North Carolina. During 
the Rebellion he held high position in the engineer depart- 
ment of the Confederacy. At the close of the war he en- 
gaged in civil pursuits, and later he was employed by the 
government in superintending the construction of public 
buildings. He died suddenly a year or two ago whilst in 
charge of the buildings in Memphis, Tenn. Col. Fremont 
was a man of fine presence and high character. 

Smiths — Eleazer Smith was born in 1797 in AVash- 
ington, Vt. His father lived to be ninety-three years old. 
Eleazer moved to Haverhill in 1838, and was for twenty 
years the proprietor of Exchange hotel, but which under his 
management and that of his son was known as Smith's hotel. 
He afterwards moved to Wentworth and kept a hotel there 
for thirty years. In early life he was one of the drivers on 
the Concord and Haverhill stage line. He married Anna 
Peters, whose father was a prominent and honored citizen of 
Bradford, Vt., having held the office of town clerk for over 
forty years. They had two children, Charles Goudy and 
William Peters. The latter was killed by the over-turning 


of a stage coach. Charles G. lives in Haverhill. In boy- 
hood days he spent several years in Lyndon, Vt., and also 
for a fevtf years he vs^as a clerk in a store in Charlestowrn , 
Mass., after which he returned to Haverhill and was associ- 
ated with his father in the hotel business. In 1853 he was 
appointed a clerk in the Portsmouth Navy yard, and iield 
that position for three years, when he purchased the hotel of 
his father and continued in that business till 1881. 

Mr. Smith has taken a prominent and influential part in 
public affairs in Town and coimty. At twenty-one years of 
age he was chosen town clerk, and he was a representative in 
the legislature for two years. In 1868 he was appointed by 
the legislature one of a committee of five to act in conjunc- 
tion %\'ith the county commissioners in purchasing a county 
farm for Grafton county. Later, in a town meeting called 
for the purpose of relieving the Town from financial embar- 
rassment, he advocated a plan for funding the Town debt, 
A>'hich «as adopted, and he was chosen trustee of the sinking 
fund to meet the bonds as they became due. He has repeat- 
edly been chosen a selectman and moderator, and for six 
years he was county commissioner, during which time he 
had the immediate superintendence of rebuilding the poor- 
house buildings which were burnt in the last term of his 

In addition to these political positions of trust and honor, 
he was also a trustee for twelve years of the Bradford 
savings bank, and for a time its president. He has been for 
many years a trustee of Haverhill Academy, and at onetime 
president of the board. In all these positions he has brought 
to the discharge of his duties faithfulness, good judgment, 
and commendable prudence. His manners are plain and 
reserved, and his mode of life unostentatious. He is a man 
of few words. In all proper matters for the improvement of 
society he is public spirited and always ready to join his 
fellow-townsmen in such matters. He is often called upon 


for advice by those who distrust their own judgment in regard 
to practical matters, and has proved himself a safe and pru- 
dent counsellor. He has the confidence of his fellow citizens. 

Mr. Smith married for his first wife, Ruth Morse, a 
descendant of one of the earl}- settlers of the Town. His 
second wife was Charlotte S. Dow, a daughter of the late 
B. F. Dow. There are two children by the first marriage, 
William P., and Anna M. 

Alonzo W. Putnam came to Ha^•erhill from Hanover 
in 1839. He was an uncommonly active man. His son 
Parker and another son live in the West. The home farm 
is now owned by Mrs. Putnam and two of the sons. 

CuMMiNGS Brothers — William H. Cummings was 
born in 1817 in New Hampton, and is a descendant of 
the old Cummings family of Dunstable. He received his 
education in the commcm schools. For a few years he was 
a clerk in a store in New Chester, and later he became a 
partner in the store. Afterwards he went to Lisbon and 
was a clerk in a store for a year, and then about 1840 he 
came to Haverhill and was in company with John L. Rix. 
He lived in Haverhill about eight years, and then returned 
to Lisbon, where he engaged in the business of merchan- 
dising and lumbering in the firm of Allen & Cummings, 
and has lived there ever since, being closely identified with 
. the growth and commercial interest^of the place. 

Mr. Cummings is a prominent citizen of Lisbon, and has 
held public positions, being a representative in the legisla- 
ture, a state senator, a delegate to the national convention 
that nominated Gov. Tilden for the presidency. He has 
been president of Wells River national .bank since 1873, is 
a, sound and careful financier, and has been very successful 
in business. He is a man of industry and energy. He 
married Harriet Sprague Rand, sister of the late Judge 
Rand, and of their three children a son is dead, and the 
daughters live at home. 


Stephen H. Cummings, brother of the above, came from 
Lisbon, as register of deeds in 1871, and held that position 
for three years. He was postmaster, town clerk, and super- 
intendent of schools in Lisbon, and also selectman for five 
years in Haverl^ill. Only one of his own children is living,. 
Mrs. Worthen of Brooklyn, N. Y. A son of his second 
wife, Arthur Mitchell (see Chap. XIX). An older son 
was eminent in his profession in the Sandwich Islands, and 
physician to the king and queen. He died a few years ago- 
in Florida. Mr. Cummings is an intelligent and esteemed 

Caleb Hunt came to Haverhill about 1840. He was a 
man of strong mind, but his educational advantages in early 
life were limited. He married a Miss Poole, and they had 
five children. For Caleb, Horace, Prescott and Helen, (see- 
Chap. XIX). Louisa married James Woodward of Ladd 

Jackson Brothers moved to Haverhill from Coventry 
about 1840. Samuel Jackson, the grandfather, was a 
soldier in the Revolution before the organization of that 
town, and was its first selectman. He was a well educated 
man. Two of his grandchildren, Thos. B. and John AV., 
settled in Haverhill. Both were educated at Newbury Semi- 
nary, and the former has represented Haverhill in the legis- 

Timothy R. Bacon came to Haverhill in 1840. An 
older brother, Asa, came earlier. Several of the former's, 
children have been prominent in business, (see Chap. XIX).. 

Daniel Batchelder was born in Corinth, Vt., 1803,, 
and lived for many years in Benton, where h^ was a promi- 
nent citizen, representing that town in the legislatare for 
seven years, from 1833 to 1839. He was captain of a com- 
pany enlisted for the Mexican War, but resigned before the 
company went to Mexico. He was a captain in the 
13th Reg. N. H. Militia. About 1840 he came to Haver- 


liill, and was a deputy sheriff, and pursued the business of 
an auctioneer, in which he displayed tact, and talent, some- 
times making sharp hits at the e:)cpen8e of others. 

John Vose Bean was Principal of Haverhill Academy 
during the time it was run as a ladies' school, in 1849. He^ 
was a graduate from Dartmouth College in 1832, and was a 
man of ability and high character. Whilst living in Haver- 
hill he was a deacon in the Congregational church. His 
wife's name before her marriage was Caroline Graham, and 
of their children Ellen (Mrs. Baker) alone is living. Isabel 
married Hon. Otto Kirchner, a distinguished and able lawyer 
■of Detroit, Mich., who for four years was attorney general 
of that state and also a lecturer for a time in the law school 
of the University of ■ Michigan. The oldest daughter of 
the Bean family, Caroline, married Dr. George Page, son of 
Gov. John Page. Mr. Bean moved from Haverhill in 1854, 
and died in 1861, Mrs. Bean survives him, and with her 
daughter, Mrs. Baker, lives in Detroit, Mich. 

Bailey Brothers. — Five brothers, descendants of Gen. 
Jacob Bailey of Newbury, Vermont, came to Haverhill, 
three of them about 1850, and two later. Albert and 
Nathaniel were merchants at the Brook and did a large 
business. They followed the same occupation at Topsham, 
Vt., before coming to Haverhill. Nathaniel afterwards 
engaged in farming on Ladd street. Albert moved to Brad- 
ford, Vt., and became one of the most successful, and 
prominent citizens of that town. He died suddenly in 
Boston. He married Isabella Blake of Topsham, and their 
only living child is Mrs. Chamberlin of Bradford. Milo was 
at first a clerk in the store of his brothers and afterwards a 
partner. He was also a merchant at the Corner. He mar- 
ried a daughter of Samuel Page. Azro and Allen came to 
Haverhill later,, and were farniers on Ladd street, the latter 
afterwards engaging in merchantile business with his brother 
Milo. Nathaniel Bailey married the widow of his brother 


Allen. Azro married Hannah Lang of Bath, and of their 
large family some remain in Haverhill, others have gone 
West, one of the sons lives in Boston, and one is a railroad 
engineer in Mexico. Nathaniel was a selectman and a rep- 
resentative in the legislature. Albert also was a representa- 
tive. Mr. Nathaniel Bailey is a man of means and lives in 
retirement, and is an esteemed citizen of the Town. 

Charles A. Gale came to Haverhill from Gilmanton 
in 1850, and has lived on his present farm since that time. 
He was a representative from Haverhill in the legislature in 
1875-6. A son, Charles A., lives at Woodsville. 

Darius K. Davis moved to East Haverhill form North- 
field in 1856. He was a partner in merchantile business 
with two of his brothers, and continued in trade with them 
or by himself for over twenty-five years. At diflferent times 
he was interested in stores at Warren, Tilton, Pike Station, 
and at Indianapolis, Ind. He was a selectman in Benton 
for two years, and is now a member of the board of educa- 
tion. He has been successful in the bee and honey business. 

Levi B. Ham came to Haverhill in 1851 and was 
engaged for about twenty-five years in the stove and tinsmith 
business. He has been deputy sheriff, representative in the 
legislature, town clerk, and selectman. He has two chil- 
dren living, a son in Boston and a daughter at home. 

Currier Brothers moved to Haverhill in 1852, and 
carried on the tanning business at the Brook. James A. 
was a selectman during the War. F. P. Currier has a 
family of three daughters. 

Augustus Whitney came to Haverhill as register of 
deeds about 1855. Afterwards he was mail route agent for 
eight years between Springfield, Mass., and Newport, Vt. 
Mr. Whitney was a professional vocal music teacher, and 
was one of the best drill masters in that art. He was a man 
of intelligence, and catholic in his views. He married a 


Miss Currier of Wentwprth. , A daughter lives in Winne- 
peg, Manitoba, and devotes herself to music. 

Grove S. Stevens came from Piermont to Haverhill in 
1856. He is a deacon in the Congregational church, and 
was for ten- years high sheriff of Grafton county, and 
previous to that he was deputy sheriff. Of his family of 
five children the son is a lawyer in Littleton, and three qf 
the four daughters married lawyers — Mrs. Charles A. Dole 
of Lebanon; Mrs. J. L. Foster of Lisbon, whose husband 
is a graduate of Dartmoiith College, and Mrs. Morrill of 
Contoocook. A daughter, Mary, is at home. She was for- 
merly a successful teacher in Arlington, Mass. 

George W. Stevens lived just south of the Piermont 
line. He was a deacon in former years in the Congrega- 
tional church in Piermqnt. His son George H., lives on the 
homestead, and a daughter married Luther Holt of Lowell, 
Mass., a retired iron manufacturer. , 

Enoch R. Weeks came from Warr(en about 1874, and 
has been a merchant at North Haverhill. He has held the 
position of town clerk for a number of years, and is now 
postmaster at that place. One of his daughters is Mrs. 
Charles P. Page of the firm of W. H. Page & Son. 

Moses M. Weeks moyed frpm Bath in 1877. He 

, married Sally Minot pf Bath, and of their two children 

living one is Mrs. J. LeRoy Bell, and a son carries on the 

farm. Another son, a young man of most excellent traits, 

died a few years ago. 

J. G., Blood came to Haverhill about twenty-five years 
ago, and is engaged in the manufacture of prepared lumber 
and shingles at the old Swasey mill. He married Elizabeth 

WjLLiAM H. Nelson first moved to Haverhill about 
1^60, and was a .n;ierch£i,nt at North Ha,yerhillj for ten or 
twelve years, when, he went to Lawrence, Mass., and en- 
gaged in the same business there. After a few years he 


returned to Haverhill, and carried on the business of general 
merchandising till his death about a year ago. He had a 
large family of children, most of whom are married. Mrs. 
W. H. Brock of South Newbury, Vt., was a daughter; 
another married Charles F. Bailey of Minneapolis ; one 
became Mrs. Scott Sloane of Wells River, Vt. ; another, 
Mrs. Hazen of St. Johnsbury, Vt. ; a daughter married, and 
until her recent decease, lived in the Sandwich Islands ; a 
son is in California, and a younger son in Dartmouth Col- 
lege. Mrs. Nelson now lives in Lawrence, Mass., and is a 
women of much ability and noble character. 

Joseph Poweks was born in Groton, the son of AVilliam 
and Mary (Thompson) Powers. In early life he was a 
teacher. Subsequently he moved to Plymouth, and whilst 
there he was appointed high sheriff of Grafton county. He 
lived in Haverhill after he became sheriff. From 1871 to 
1873 he was a member of the governor's council, and in 
that position he served with much acceptance. He was a 
member of the constitutional convention in 1876. He owned 
the farm at North Haverhill where his niece, Mrs. Filley, 
now lives, and on this farm the first Jersey cows in Haver- 
hill were kept, and in later years the herd was one of the 
finest in the state. (See Chap. XXI.) He was a man of 
strong character and large ability, and was held in high 
esteem by those who knew him. He was a staunch temper- 
ance man. He married Betsey Blood. Mr. Powers died in 

Meauees came from Warren where the family was nu- 
merous. Daniel W. went to Pennsylvania and was engaged 
with a brother in constructing railroads. Afterwards he 
lived in California. He returned to Haverhill in 1865, and 
engaged in the manufacture of starch. He was a selectman. 

Charles B. Grisavold came to Haverhill as register of 
deeds in 1867, which office he held for five years. After the 
expiration of his term of office he was engaged for several 


years in the cotton and lumber business in Texas. Since 
1874 he has been the efficient clerk of the supreme judicial 
court for Grafton county. He married Alzina M. Sawyer, 
of Malone, N. Y. They have one child, a graduate of 
Dartmouth College, who has just been admitted to the bar. 

Andrew Jackson Edgerly was .born in Bamstead in 
1828, and worked on a farm till he was sixteen years old, 
when he entered the Amoskeag manufacturing company's 
works at Manchester to learn the machinists' trade. He 
also continued at this business in Boston, and in Biddeford, 
Me., and then returned to Manchester. In 1861 he enlisted 
men for the 3d Regiment N. H. Yols., and again for the 
4th Regiment, in which he was appointed second lieutenant 
of Co. E. He was in the expedition against Port Royal, 
S. C, and soon after was promoted to be first lieutenant. 
Whilst inspecting the picket line he received a severe wound 
by the falling of his horse, and was sent home on recruiting 
service. In March, 1863, he was dishonorably discharged 
' ' for circulating copperhead tickets and doing all in his 
power to promote the success of the rebel cause in his state." 
He rested under this stigma for a number of years, but the 
case being carefully investigated by the military committee of 
the House, a bill passed both branches of Congress fully 
exonerating him, and giving him an honorable discharge 
from March, 1863. Lieut. Edgerly was a representative in 
1874, but declined a renomination . He also held the posi- 
tion of adjutant general of the state under Gov. Weston. 
He married twice, first, Ann Eliza Williams of Mansfield, 
Mass., and then Sarah Crocker Carr of Haverhill. A 
daughter by the first, and a son by the second marriage, who 
is a senior in Tufts College. Lieut. Edgerly secured his 
education at the common schools, is a Mason, and came to 
Haverhill in 1863. 

Caleb Wells came to Haverhill from Benton in 1868, 
where he held the position of school superintendent for 


seventeen years. He was also a representative in the legis- 
lature from that town, and served as selectman and as a 
justice of the peace. He has been a selectman of Haver- 
hill, and is now a member of the board of education. 

Charles H. Day came from Bristol as register of deeds 
in 1878. He held that office for four years. Before moving 
to Haverhill he was deputy sheriff for a short time. 

R. D. Tucker came to Haverhill in 1880, and the year 
following he built the handsome Tucker house on South 
Main street. Before moving to Haverhill he was engaged 
in the manufactory of axletrees in Philadelphia, and previous 
to that he was superintendent of the New York & Flushing 
railroad. He was a man of thorough business habits, and 
was enterprising and public spirited. He died suddenly in 
1883. His wife before her marriage to him was Mrs. 
Morris Locke of New York. 

The influx of population at the extreme north-west corner 
of the Town, Woodsville, has chiefly taken place since the 
Boston, Concord & Montreal railroad was built to that point, 
and both population and valuation have rapidly increased 
within a few years. But as early as 1830 John'L. Woods 
began the manufacture of lumber near the mouth of the 
Ammonoosuc, and carried on an extensive business for many 
years. He married Mary Nancy, daughter of Obadiah 
Swasey, and their son John L. (see Chap. XIX). 

Luther Butler settled in this part of the Town about 
the same time. His early years were spent in Bath. He 
was a stone mason by trade, and worked on the Quincy 
market, Boston. He also built the Ammonoosuc bridge at 
Woodsville. He was a selectman and justice of the peace. 
His wife's maiden name was Abigail Chamberlain of Bath, 
and three of their children are living — Mrs. Maria Hibbard 
of Brooklyn, Iowa, and a son, George C, lives on the 
homestead. Mr. Butler died in 1885. The youngest 
daughter, Alice, married and lives in New Jersey. 


Charles B. Smith manufactured shovel handles for 
some years, when in 1878 his plant was carried away by a. 
freshet. He gave the lot for the Episcopal church, and was 
postmaster from 1873 till 1880. A son, George F., is a 
railroad conductor. 

John L. Davis was one of the builders of the Mt. 
Washington railroad, and ran the first engine to the summit. 
He built the Mt. Gardner house and kept it for several years. 

Ira Whitcher came from Benton where he was a prom- 
inent man in business and in town matters. He was a 
representative for six years, county commissioner for a like 
term, and a member of the constitutional convention in 
1851. He has been extensively engaged in the lumber busi- 
ness since he came to Woodsville, and has been a selectman. 
He married Lucy Royce, and of their four children a son 
(see Chap. XIX), and a daughter, Mrs. Chester Abbott of 
Woodsville. David Whitcher of North Haverhill, and 
Daniel Whitcher of Bath are brothers of Ira. 

C. M. Weeks came from Vermont about 1858, and 
took an active part in Town matters. He was a merchant ; 
represented the Town in 1868—9, moderator a number of 
times, county treasurer in 1883. He was a man of much 
energy and force. He now lives in Lowell, Mass. 

Enoch G. Parker came from Newbury, Vt., in 1873, 
and ensfaared in the hotel business. Mr. Parker is an ener- 
getic man, and was selectman and moderator. He now lives 
in Wells River, Vt. 

Other active and enterprising men worthy of more ex- 
tended notice have come into Woodsville from time to time, 
and have given impulse to the growth and business of the 

Ezra B. Mann has been a representative. Came from 
Benton ; druggist. 

Edward F. Mann, brother of the above, now assistant 
superintendent of B. & L. R. R. Has been a state senator 


and represented Benton in the legislature ; passenger con- 
ductor on B. C. & M. E. R. for twelve years. 

George S. Cummings came from Ashland, druggist, 
now the oldest male resident in the place. 

Joseph P. Kimball, Ezra S. Kimball, George C. 
Butler, and Henry F. King were born in Town. Mr. 
Butler has a stock farm of high grade Durhams. Mr. 
Joseph P. Kimball has a large dairy of high grade Jerseys. 
Henry F. King is a wool grower, and has been selectman. 

Benjamin Dow came from Lyman, dealer in live stock, 
stock breeder of cattle and Norman horses. 

Langdon Bailey came from Lisbon, carriage maker. 

George A. Davison whose sudden death recently has 
been such a sad loss to business and social circles, came from 
Sutton, Canada. He was station agent, and clerk and treas- 
urer of "Woods ville Water Co., a prominent Odd Fellow, 
and was district deputy for this portion of the state. 

Samuel B. Page (see Chap. XVII). 

George F. Smith came from Belfast, Me., passenger 

David A. French came from Warren, teacher of music. 

Charles R. Gibson came from Alstead (see Chap. 

Oliver D. Eastman came from Topsham, Vt. (see 
Chap. XVIII.) 

Chester Abbott came from Bath ; in Woodsville lum- 
ber company. 

Edgar B. Miller came from Ryegate, Vt. ; merchant. 

Seth p. Stickney came from Lyman ; merchant. 

Truman W. Glover came from Xewbury, Vt. ; mer- 

George Emery came from Ashland ; assistant post- 

Isaac K. George came from Bristol ; proprietor of 
Hotel Brunswick ; formerly superintendent of county farm. 


Melvin J. Mann came from Benton ; in employ of 
railroad for twelve years, passenger conductor for the last 
five years. 

G. H. Mann in employ of railroad fifteen years, freight 
and passenger conductor for last twelve years. 

Will H. Moore came from Northfield; one of the 
oldest engineers on the road. 

George E. Cummings, son of George S., passenger 
conductor on B. C. & M. R. E. for three years, wood agent; 
two years, agent for White Mountain Division B. & L., and 
now train master at Woodsville. 

D. L. Havtkins came from Bath, leased the Parker 
House in company with S. E. Nutting, and kept it for two 
years. House is now owned by O. D. Johnson, and kept 
by Johnson & Hawkins. 

A. H. Leighton & Co. — Albert H. Leighton and 
Quincy A. Scott. Mr. Leighton came from Bath ; Mr. 
Scott was conductor on Passumpsic railroad, rose from train 
boy. Firm established 1875. With the exception of the 
drug store, the oldest store in the village. Mr. Scott also 
manufactures society uniforms and regalias. 

The population of Woodsville is mostly composed of 
young and middle-aged persons, wide-awake and full of push, 
who have given to the place its live and energetic character, 
and placed it on the highway of still greater prosperity. 
And with the splendid water-power at this point, which is 
unlimited, and the fine railroad facilities, few places in New 
England are more hopeful of becoming great manufacturing- 
centers than Woodsville. Her citizens are well deserving 
the gratifying success which has followed their enterprise and 
public spirit. 



First Town and Proprietors' Meeting— First Town Officers— Committee of Survey 
—Laying out of L,ot8— Drawing Lots— First Annual Town Meeting— First f ul 1 
List of Town Officers- Town Expenses — Pound— Wages for Town Worlc- 
Record Boole — Danger of Wild Animals — Small Town Expenses — First 
Treasurer— Deer Reaves — Grant of Mill Privilege— Taxes Abated — Care of 
Imbecile— Census-Burial Places— Law suit— Town Meeting Places— Waif- 
First Town-order for Aid— Legal Tenders— First Vote for Congressman and 
Presidential Electors — First Representative— First Tote for Governor and State 
Senator— Troublesome Persons — Special Choice of Selectmen— Question of 
Conscience— Traveling on the Sabbath— Small Pox— Old Debt— Care of Poor. 

The first Town meeting was to be held on the second 
Tuesday of June, which as we learn from the Proprietors 
Records was June 13th. This date was fixed by the charter 
which also directed that the meeting was to be " notified by 
Capt. John Hazen" who likewise was appointed to be its 
moderator. From the Proprietors' Records it appears that a 
Proprietors' meeting was held at the same time and place. 
This meeting like the Town meeting was appointed by the 
charter, and was also to be "notified" and presided over by 
Capt. John Hazen. The Proprietors chose Town officers as 
follows :- — Jesse Johnson , clerk ; Stephen Knight, constable ; 
and Capt. John White, James Bailey, Esq., and Maj. Ed- 
mund Morse, selectmen. The only other business which 
was transacted at this meeting was the choice of a commit- 
tee "fully authorized" to "bound out" the Town, and 
" lay out one lot to each proprietor's share in the interval, 
and one other lot of upland, so as to commode [accommo- 
date] the settlers." This committee consisted of Capt. John 
Hazen, John White, James Bailey, Esq., Robert Peasley 
and Benjamin Morse, and they were directed to enter upon 
their duty at once after the town of Newbury was laid out." 
From this it may be inferred that the committee had some- 
thing to do with laying out Newbury as well as Haverhill, 
which was quite likely the fact, as the two leading spirits in 


securing the charters of these towns were Capt. Haxen and 
Gen. Bailey, and a number of the proprietors of both towns 
were the same. Accordingly the same committee and sur- 
veyor would answer for both towns. At a subsequent meet- 
ing the committee made their report which was accepted 
by the Proprietors, and we learn that William Whiting 
who seems to have been the surveyor, was voted ' ' 4 
shillings per day for his services in laying out the Town of 
Haverhill in Cowass." [Cohos.J 

The Proprietors subsequently appointed a committee whose 
duty it was " to lay out 100 acre lots to each right," and 
also another committee for the purpose of drawing these lots. 
During the next few months there seems to have been some 
difficulty in transacting the business of the meeting, as 
repeated adjournments took place, and the records close with 
these despairing words, — " At which time [Jan. 1764] said 
meeting was dropped without any further transaction ever 
done at said meeting." The drawing as we learn from a 
subsequent record was not finished at the meeting when the 
clerk entered the above note of despair, but was completed 
afterwards, since we find in the records a " list of the Pro- 
prietors of Haverhill with the number of their house and 
meadow lots annexed to each proprietor's name, as said lots 
were drawn at the several Proprietors' meetings of the -said 
Town of Haverhill." 

The annual meeting of the Town as well as the first meet- 
inff was also fixed bv the charter, and was directed to be 
held on the second Tuesday in March. The first annual 
meeting of which any record is made, M'as held March 13, 
1764, in, Plaistowat the house of John Hall, inn-holder. 
James Bailey was chosen moderator, after which it was 
adjourned to " Haverhill at Cohos, to the house of John 
Taplin to June 13." Of this June meeting no record is 

The first full list of Town officers, of which any record is 


found, was chosen at the annual meeting in 1765. These 
fathers of the Town government were as follows, — modera- 
tor, Elisha Lock ; clerk, John Hazen ; selectmen, John 
Hazen, Elisha Lock and Jonathan Elkins ; constable, Ed- 
ward Bailey ; surveyors of high-ways, James Woodward, 
Joshua Ilayward ; fence-surveyor, Jonathan Sanders ; -hog- 
reave, Uriah Morse; tithing-man, Jonathan Goodwin. 
According to this list it would seem that the Jonathans were 
a popular class in the infant settlement of the Town. 

The Town records inform us that in 1766 £10 was voted 
for Town expenses. This was the- first appropriation of 
money by the Town, except that which was voted for preach- 
ing the previous year. It was also ordered tliat a *' pound" 
be built, and John Ladd had the honor of heading the long 
list of pound-keepers for the little Republic. The location 
of this pound was most likely at the " Plain," as afterward, 
1793, the Town voted that two pounds be built, one " at 
the North end at Col. Howard's," near where the County 
Poor House now stands, and the otiier " at the South end 
on land owned by Moody Bedel, in the corner where the 
road leads to Maj. Joshua Young's." This road turned off 
just south of the Eliza Cross house, and led to where Peter 
Flanders now lives. The present pound opposite the 
residence of James Woodward was built in 1802. Also 
at this meeting it was voted that " all labor done for the 
Town should be at fifty cents per day. 

In the following year a book of records for the Town was 
bought, which fact may account for the imperfect condition 
of the records in the first and second years of the Town's 

The exposed condition of the settlement is indicated by 
the fact that in 1769 an article was put in the warrant to see 
if the Town would provide a "stock of ammunition." It 
was also voted at the same time that " 20 shillings be paid 
for each wolf-head catched or killed." These bounties in the 


interest of protection against wolves were frequently renewed 
in subsequent yeai's, as well as bounties against other wild 
depredatory animals. 

In 1770 the amount of money voted for Town expenses 
was £6, and in the following year the first treasurer was 
chosen, and James Bailey had the honor of being entrusted 
as treasurer with the keeping and the disbursing the Town's 
funds. Previous to this time the selectmen discharged the 
duties of that office. 

Our fathers seem to have grown economical as the early 
years rolled on ; for in 1772 only £4 were voted for town 
expenses. This small sum was doubtless for the ordinary 
charges of the Town, perhaps mainly expended 'for the 
salaries of officers. The selectmen received for their duties 
and responsibilities three shillings per day. 

In the following year a new office was created, demanded 
it would seem by a new emergency. The occupant was 
styled a " deer-reave." When the country was first settled 
deer were found in great abundance, and were the most 
valuable of all the wild animals of the forest. Being killed 
in large numbers by the settlers it became necessary to 
protect them against an indiscriminate slaughter that 
threatened their early extinction. In Massachusetts before 
the close of the seventeenth century it was unlawful to kill 
deer between January 1st and August Ist. For this reason 
an officer was chosen whose duty it was to inform against 
those who killed deer out of season. The first mention of 
this oflScer in the records of Haverhill is found as above, 
and was designed for the protection of deer. This year, 
also, the one hundred acre lot reserved on Hazen (Poole) 
brook was given to John Fisher for a mill privilege, if he 
would " saw for the proprietors for one-half." 

Taxes were abated in certain cases as early as 1771, and 
in the same year the Town was asked to see what it would 
do in reference to David Swain, who is described as " non 


compos mentis." What the Town did for the unfortunate 
David does not appear. Also in this year Edward Bailey 
was voted " 3 shillings for one day in numbering the people 
in 1767." The population at that time is given on page 
57 in foot note. 

As early as 1774 the burial of the dead was cared for by 
the Town, and two places for this purpose were set apart in 
that year for public use. Also a " burial cloth " was pro- 
vided at the public expense. Private corporations were as 
yet unknown in the infant settlement. One of these burial 
places is the present cemetery at Ladd street, the other the 
old graveyard at Horse meadow. 

The first ordained and settled minister in the Town, as 
was the custom in those times, was granted by the charter a 
" right of land." From the records it would seem that this 
"right" was brought into controversy. One " Ranna 
Cossit " — the name looks as if he thought he ought to be the 
Town cosset — seems to have been the person who wished to 
disturb the minister's right of glebe, and the authority of the 
Town was interposed to defeat his unfriendly purposes ; for . 
in 1775 it was voted to defend the " minister's right of land " 
against the said "Ranna Cossit." It would seem from a 
document entitled " Haverhill and Newbury Covenant," 
dated January 28, 1775, that Cols. John Hurd and Asa 
Porter were the instigators of this plot, and were accordinglj- 
censured by their fellow citizens as " acting contrary to the 
society of Haverhill and Newbury," in trying to foist an 
Episcopal minister upon the community, and claiming for 
him the " right of glebe," when they knew that Rev. Peter 
Powers had been an ordained clergyman for a number of 
years. The affair stirred the community to its very depth, 
and in the " covenant " Cols. Hurd and Porter were declared 
to be " public enemies to the good of the community." The 
signers of this " covenant" " carried the war into Africa," 
and pledged themselves " not to have any communication 


with, either of them, not so much as to trade, lend, borrow, 
or labor with them ;" and further, that they would " not hold 
any correspondence, nor have any dealings with any that 
hold with Cols. Hurd and Porter, until they shall willingly 
make public satisfaction for w^hat they have done in the prem- 
ises." Evidently the boycott was abroad in those days. 

In early times the meetings both of the Town and of the 
Proprietors were held either at private houses or at inn- 
holders. The records of 1776 speak of a meeting which 
was adjourned to the "state house." This "state house" 
was the court house which was built a few years before. 

About this time a child of Susanna Hadley was a constant 
care of the Town, and finally ten shillings were paid for a 
sort of ' ' underground railroad " service in regard to said 

In 1786 the Town voted unanimously to emit a paper 
currency as follows : 

" That one hundred thousand pounds be emitted, — twenty thousand 
pounds to be in suitable bills to defray the charges of government, 
and to exchange for such public securities as may be oflFered at their 
current exchange, which is to be ascertained, and to carry no interest 
but to be receivable in taxes and all demands of government and a 
tender in all cases equal to silver and gold, and to be called in by 
taxes annually, — the residue to be made in different bills expressing 
their import, and to be loaned to individuals at five per cent, on landed 
security of double the value, and to be paid into the treasury at 
proper times, which shall carry an interest of two and a half percent., 
and so receivable in all demands of government and a tender in all 
cases as above — with the interest due on said bills at the time of 

The action of the Town, with similar action in other towns, 
being brought before the legislature, it was voted that there 
was no authority to ' ' make paper bills of credit a tender to 
discharge private contracts made prior to the passing such 
act." And thus this earlier "greenback" scheme to pay 
debts with irredeemable paper came to a sudden end. 

Thfe Town cast its first vote for congressmen and presid^n- 


tial electors in 1787. Moses Dow, a prominent lawyer and 
distinguished citizen of Haverhill, was one of the persons 
voted for for congressman, and received the vote of Haver- 
hill. This vote was a sort of popular nomination, and from 
the list of persons voted for, the legislature chose the three 
persons who had the largest popular vote in the state as the 
representatives to Congress. Previous to this, in 1784, the 
legislature had appointed Mr. Dow a congressman, but he 
declined the honor for reasons chiefly which do not now 
burden men's minds. 

At a special meeting in 1783 the Town voted to send its 
first representative to the General Court. The person who 
received the honor of the first appointment to that office by 
the suffrages of his fellow townsmen was James Woodward, 
a prominent and worthy citizen, and the qualifications of the 
person who should be decreed fit to be chosen for this position 
were set forth in the \\'arrant as follows : "A reputable free- 
holder and an inhabitant of said Town, and qualified as the 
law directs to represent said Town in the general assembly 
of said state." Our forefathers had no friendly side for 
political tramps. They believed in the "best," and evi- 
dently thought that a man who could not or would not 
become a property holder was not a suitable person to have 
the care of the commonwealth. They were sound states- 
men and true patriots, who did not believe in committing 
the infant state to the nursing of doubtful persons. Also in 
this year the Town cast its first vote for governor and state 
senator, and Moses Dow received the vote of the Town for 
the latter office. 

In 1783 the warning of a special meeting had this article : 
' ' To pass some votes as said inhabitants [Town] shall see 
fit concerning tories, absentees, or persons who had left the 
United States of America, and voluntarily taken residence 
within the lines of the enemies of said United States, and 
have returned or may return into this Town." And a com- 


mittee was appointed to execute this article, viz., " That no 
such persons be suffered to reside in this Town." Some of 
these persons it would seem returned after the war was over 
to their homes, since the Town directed the constable to 
warn sundry persons that they must ' ' leave their country for 
their country's good," under the pains and penalties of the 
law " in such case made and provided." 

At a later period the Town seems again to have been 
troubled with persons whose presence was not as agreeable 
as their room, and the records tell of two votes, on,e of 
thirteen shillings to Capt. Ephraim Wesson for warning 
thirteen of these unwelcome people out of Town, and 
another of twenty-seven shillings for warning twenty-seven 
others of the same character. 

Also in the year after, the following episode garnishes the 
Town records : It was the first marriage in Town by a 
magistrate, and the parties were Joseph Clowd and Nancy 
Frazier. Those were the days of "publishments," and 
Joseph and Nancy were unfortunate, as their publishment 
was torn down, and the record is marked '.' void." So 
Joseph and Nancy had to put off and be " put up" again, 
before " they twain" could be made " one." 

The selectmen were chosen at a special meeting in 1790, 
for what reason does not appear, and in the year following a 
question of conscience appears upon the records in a vote to 
excuse the selectmen from taking the oath of office " so far 
as it respects the Sabbath act." The act referred to here 
required the selectmen to inform against all persons who 
traveled on the Sabbath between sun-rising and sun-setting, 
except to " attend to public worship, visit the sick, or do 
works of charity." This law was vigorously enforced, and 
many persons, it is said, who were found traveling on the 
Sacred day, were compelled by the vigilant ty thing-man to 
"lie to." Capt. John Page once spent a quiet day in 
Warren at the invitation of one James Dow who was very 


jealous for the observance of the Sabbath. After paying 
fines and costs the next day he was allowed to go home in 

Another article at this meeting, 1791, read, — " To see if 
the Town would consent to have the small-pox in said Town 
by way of inoculation," which however was rejected at first. 
Was it under the impression that the Town preferred not to 
have the small-pox at all ? But afterwards this vote was 
reversed, and the Town took its small-pox homeopathically. 

In the interest of patriotism a long-standing debt was 
discharged in 1798. In that year the Town voted to pay 
Capt. Ebenezer Sanborn $10 for "fetching two hundred 
pounds of balls, fifty pounds of powder and a quantity of 
flint from Exeter." This service was rendered in 1775. A 
vote was also passed to take care of the poor as the law 
directs. This was a vote to enforce the law which allowed 
towns to have ' ' houses of correction or work-houses in 
which to set their poor to work ; " and towns were also em- 
powered to use these for the ' ' keeping, correcting, and setting 
to work of rogues, vagabonds, common beggars, lewd, idle 
and disorderly persons." 



Town in Relation to Conilition of Country— War of 1812— Bounties for Soldiers — 
Small-pox — School Trouble — Town Farm — Town House — Fire Proof Vault — 
War of the Rehellion — Money Voted for Soldiers' Families — Bounties — Sum 
Total of Money Voted during the War for War Purposes— Funded Debt- 
Duty of Town to Needy Soldiers— Monument— Party Struggles— Character of 
Early Officers— A Memorable Contest— Improved Order. 

Already as early as 1809 "coming events were casting 
their shadows before," and we find the Town, through a 
committee appointed for the purpose, expressing its feeling 
in regard to the condition of the country. Tliis committee 
declared that the country was in a " truly interesting and 
alarming condition," and called upon the government to 
abandon its policy in regard to the " embargo laws," 

At a town meeting in 1812 the question of bounties for 
drafted soldiers was considered, and a motion to vote such 
bounties was defeated by a very decided majority. At the 
same time resolutions were passed condemning the national 
authorities on account of the war. A strong " states 
rights " doctrine was assumed, and it is very evident that the 
' ' peace party " of that day was largely in the ascendant in 
our goodly Town. This meeting declared the War of 1812 
to be " unnecessary and impolitic," and expressed a willing- 
ness to join other towns in convention to secure the rights of 
the people. A convention for this purpose was to be held 
at Orford, and Joseph Bell, George Woodward, and John 
Smith were appointed delegates to represent Haverhill in 
that convention. Feeling ran high, and not -only was the 
petition for giving soldiers of the War of 1812 additional 
bounty to that which was offered by the general government 
promptly voted down by the "peace party," but also a 
proposition to allow militia men compensation for powder 
and ball expended by them, was rejected by an equally 


decisive vote. The Town was thoroughly in the hands of 
the Federalists. 

In 1822 the Town was afflicted with the small-pox, and 
Dr. Simeon Woodward engaged to vaccinate the inhabitants 
of the Town for thirty dollars, provided they would assemble 
for that purpose as far as possible in the school houses. The 
disease seems to have raged with much force and destruction, 
as a committee appointed at that time in regard to the mat- 
ter reported one hundred sixty-nine dollars "expense incur- 
red" in meeting this enemy of the people. 

In this same year we have revealed the school troubles of 
Mr. William Ladd, who was a resident of district No. 7, 
but who wanted to get into district No. 8. The people of 
No. 8, however, voted in the negative " almost unani- 
mously," and gave as their reason that when said Ladd was 
in No. 8, the district was kept in " constant broil and dis- 
cord," and when he was disannexed to No. 7, "harmony 
and unanimity prevailed." But the Town took compassion 
on Mr. Ladd, and allowed him the opportunity of keeping 
No. 8 in "constant broil and discord," on condition of 
the payment of fifteen dollars. 

The matter of a poor-farm first came up in town meeting 
in 1831, but nothing definite was done till 1838, when a 
committee was appointed to consider the question of buying 
a poor-farm. Subsequently a poor-farm was purchased, and 
was held by the Town till the county system was adopted in 
1868. This farm was the David Merrill farm, situated 
north of Poole brook west of the river road bridge which 
spans that brook. 

In 1848 a committee of five was appointed to consider the 
"cost and expediency" of building a town house. Up to 
that time town meetings were held at hotels or in churches at 
the north and south ends of the Town. This committee 
reported at a subsequent meeting, and fifteen hundred dollars 
was voted for a town house. The place of location was to 


be near the Union church, and a committee was appointed to 
select a site, John R. Reding being chairman of this com- 
mittee. The house was occupied the first time in 1851. 
The building committee greatly exceeded the amount of 
money appropriated for the town house, and there was a dis- 
position on the part of the Town not to accept the building. 
The matter, however, was finally adjusted by arbitration, 
John R. Reding acting as agent for the Town. Another 
account of this affair is that pending the settlement of the 
dispute between the Town and the builders, the selectmen, 
without thinking of or knowing the consequences of their 
action, posted a warrant for a town meeting on the door of 
the town house, and called the meeting at that place. This 
action of the selectmen was a tacit acceptance of the building 
at the hands of the committee, and made the Town liable 
for its cost. This house was a large stone building at the 
centre of the Town a little south of the Union church, and 
was used for town purposes till 1883, when it was voted to 
build a new town house at North Haverhill in order to 
accommodate the citizens of the Town more conveniently. 
This last building is a wood structure, neatly and well built, 
and answers the purposes of the Town very well, though a 
more commodious edifice built of permanent material, with a 
fire-proof vault, and of public architectural character, would 
have been more in keeping with the wealth and standing of 
the Town. The present building cost about two thousand 
dollars. They also at a subsequent meeting voted twelve 
hundred dollars for a vault to keep the records in, and which 
has since been built. 

The War of the Rebellion laid upon the Town heavy 
burdens in men and money. The first money appropriated 
for war purposes was five hundred for soldiers' families ; this 
was in 1861. In the following year eight thousand dollars 
was voted for bounties. There were two votes of money for 
bounties in 1863, one of ten thousand dollars and the other 


of fourteen thousand dollars. The large sums voted in the 
year following for the enlistment of soldiers, shows how 
reluctant those were who were liable to do military duty, 
to respond to the country's call without the stimulus of 
tempting bounties, for in this year the extraordinary sum of 
forty-five thousand dollars was voted for this purpose, making 
a total during the four years of the war for bounties and 
soldiers' families of seventy-seven thousand nine hundred 
dollars. In 1864 the Town voted to fund the floating debt 
in a sum not exceeding twenty thousand dollars. The entire 
debt of the Town, or sixty-five thousand dollars of it, was 
fimded to be paid in five, ten, fifteen, and twenty years, 
and a sinking fund was provided to meet these obligations at 
maturity. The first payment of the funded debt was in 
187.5, the next 1880, and the third in 188.5. The debt 
reached its highest figures in 1870, and the Town was 
entirely free from debt in 1885. 

In the trying struggle of the nation for integrity and 
preservation, the Town pursued a patriotic and liberal policy. 
She furnished her full quota of troops at every call, and 
spared no means to put her sons into the field. Those who 
went forth to danger, hardship, and death, have been grate- 
fully remembered by the Town, and the stigma should never 
rest upon her fair fame that any of those who periled their 
lives for the nation, should ever through old age or infirmity 
be allowed to come to want. The Town also owes it to her- 
self — may I be permitted to make the suggestion — to erect 
a soldiers' monument at some commanding point, on which 
should be inscribed the names of all soldiers who fought for 
their country from the AVar of the Revolution to the "War for 
the Union inclusive. The sum of twenty-five hundred or three 
thousand dollars for such a monument would perpetuate to 
coming generations the memory and deeds not only of those 
who won our liberties, but also of those who were the 
preservers of our goodly heritage. The time of the dedica- 


tion of such a monument might be fitlv made the occasion 
of a grand gathering of the sons and daughters of the Town 
from far and near, a revival of patriotic feeling and fraternal 
good-will amongst all her citizens, and a deeper sense of 
the obligaition of each one to the good of the country. Such 
an event would be an honor to her historic record and her 
noble founders. 

In all these years there have been some quite warm con- 
tests when party feeling ran high and when good neighborly 
relationships were at times strained ; but generally these 
earnest contests for political supremacy were waged in good 
part, and when they were over they left little or no rankling 
behind. The Town has been held in turn by JefFersonian 
Republicans, Federalists, Whigs, Democrats, Republicans, 
and in the main has been well managed in its public affairs. 
In the earlier history of the Town men of unquestioned 
character and ability were as a rule called to official trust and 
position ; but a change has come in, and now there is danger 
that almost every one is tempted to think himself qualified 
to manage the concerns of the Town. As a consequence 
incompetency and assuranQe sometimes take the place of 
merit and capacity for public affairs. 

A long contest in town meeting occurred in 1879. It was 
chiefly for political control, and some warm blood was stirred 
up on this occasion. This was the time when the Green- 
backers came into existence, and although not very numerous 
they were still strong enough to hold the balance of power 
in many places. This was the case in Haverhill, and as a 
consequence they made terms for the offices to suit them- 
selves. Over these the contest was waged for six successive 
days before the matter was ended. This contest- served the 
occasion for some smart and spicy speaking, and it was said 
that "soiled linen" was freely aired. But the struggle 
ended in good nature, and soon passed out of the minds of 
most. " All's well that ends well." 


To the honor and good name of the Town it ought to be 
said that greater order and quiet has prevailed in later years 
in town mefeting than in former times. This is no more than 
is due the time and place when every citizen is called upon to 
exercise his highest and most sacred privilege and trust. 



Prominence in tlie Eerolution— Geograpliical Position— Able Leaders— Compact — 
Cohos well known to Enemy — Col. Johnston's Letter— Ports in the Upper 
Cohos — Rangers at Haverhill — Haverhill the Rendezvous for Troops and Scout- 
ing Parties — Character of the Ranger — Haverhill in constant Communication 
with Exeter and the Northern Army— Col. Wyman's Regiment— Pour Stock- 
ades—Alarm from Indians in 1776 — Retreat of our Army from St. Johns— Great, 
consternation at Cohos— A Second Alarm in 1777— Again after the fall of Ticon- 
deroga— Military Road from Cohos to St. Johns—" Block Houses "—The Alarn> 
of 1780— Town Authorities wide-awake— Prequent votes of Powder, Lead and 
Pire-arma — ^Efficient Committee of Safety Men — Conferences with other Towns. 
—Vigilant eyes on Home^enemies— The Conspiracy of Col. Porter and others — 
Strong feeling— Persons who were obnoxious to the British — Rev. Peter Powera 
— Col. Johnson captured— Gen. Bailey's Escape— Dea. Elkins' Alarm— Quotas 
of Beef and Flour- Transportation of Grain from Cohos prohibited— Money- 
Patriots— Disastrous effects of the War— Rapid increase of Town Expenses- 
Sale of Eights — Decrease of Population during the War. 

In the stirring events of the Revolution Haverhill took a 
conspicuous part. Her citizens were generally full of patri- 
otic zeal and enthusiasm for the cause of freedom, and 
responded with promptness and brave hearts to the calls of 
their country. Some of the most eminent citizens held hon- 
orable rank in the patriot' army. Her prominence in the 
great struggle for independence was due to several causes ; 
partly on account of the geographical position of the Town, 
and partly also to the fact that amongst her citizens were 
those who had taken active part in the French and Indian 
War, and being men of abUity and character they were 
especially well qualified to assume important parts in the new 
drama that was opening. Then, too, being the most popu- 
lous town north of No. 4, she was able to send a large 
quota into the service of the country. 

By the kindness of Gen. A. Harleigh Hill, who wrote 
the history of Groton, Vt., I give the following document 
which presents in a very vivid light the war-like atmosphere 
that prevailed in Haverhill and in the neighboring towns at 


the beffiiinina: *of the Revolution, and \^'hich extended 
through to the close of that struggle : 

Haverhill, May 2d, 1775. 

We, the subscribers, do soleiiiuly declare by all the sacred ties of 
honor and religion, that we will act at all times against all illegal and 
unconstitutional impositions and acts of Parliament, made and en- 
acted against the New England governments and the continent of 
English North America. And we do believe that shutting up the port 
of Boston, Quebec bill, and sundry other bills and acts, to be Illegal 
and unconstitutional, and also the declaration wherein the New Eng- 
land governments are declared in a state of rebellion, etc., are uncon- 
stitutional and unjust; and we do engage to stand iu opposition to all 
force come or coming against us, by order of the present rainistr}-, 
for supporting of the present measures, while our Hers and fortunes 
last, or until those notorious unconstitutional acts are repealed and 
the American Colonies re-established in the privileges due to them as 
English subjects. 

At a meeting of the committee of the several towns. Voted for 
Lime [Lyme], Lieut. Charles Nelson; from Orford, Daniel Tilleston, 
Esq. ; from Piermont, Lieut. Jona. Chandler, Lieut. John Weed; from 
Haverhill, James Bayley, Simeon Goodwin, Timo. Brown [Barron?], 
and Charles Johnston; from Bath, Timothy Bedel, Esq., Capt. Oliver 
Sanders, William Eastman; from Gunthwen [Lisbon], Mr. John 
Young; from Lancaster, Capt. Edward Bueknam; from Northum- 
berland, Joseph Peverly, Esq. Convened at the house of Lieut. 
Joseph Hutching, inn-holder of Haverhill, on Tuesday, the 2d da}- of 
May instant, passed the following votes : 

First — Chose 'J'imo. Bedel chairman. 

Second — Chose Charles Johnston clerk. 

Voted ; Daniel Tilleston, Ebenezer Green, and Lieut. Charles Nelson, 
be a committee for Lime [Lyme] and Orford, to send men to Canada if 
need be. 

Voted ; Lieut. Jonathan Chandler, Lieut. John Weed, Lieut. Joseph 
Hutchins, Lieut. Ezekiel Ladd, and Charles Johnston, to be a commit- 
tee to send a scouting party to Canada, or elsewhere, as they shall 
think proper. 

Voted; Captain Oliver Sanders, Mr. Nathaniel Hovey, Mr. John 
Young, Capt. Edward Bueknam, Joseph Peverly, Esq., be a commit- 
tee to send scouting party to Canada or elsewhere as they shall think 

Voted; That the several towns in this county, within thi^ regi- 
ment, shall choose their officers, namely : captain, lieutenant and 
ensign, annually. 

Chose Timothy Bedel to be colonel of this regiment. 


Chose Charles Johnston to be lieutenant-colonel. 

Chose Jonathan Chllds 1st major. 

Chose James Bayley 2d major. 

Chose Simeon Goodwin adjutant. 

Chose John Young quartermaster. 

Chose Samuel Hale, Esq., to be the surgeon of the regiment. 

Voted; To adjourn this meeting until to-morrow morning at eight 

Met on [according to] adjournment at time and place. 

Voted ; That the officers that shall be [appointed] by the several 
towns, see that their respective companies be equipped with arms and 
ammunition as soon as may be. 

Voted ; That the committee from the several towns are empowered 
to call the company together in those towns where there are no 
officers, in order for the choice of officers. 

Voted; That this committee do adjudge it absolutely necessary as 
representatives for each particular town, that each and every person, 
belonging to our said towns do put themselves under command, and 
submit themselves unto such commanding officers as is and shall be 
chosen by this committee, and each particular town. 

Voted ; That a true copy of the proceedings of this committee be 
transmitted by the clerk of this committee unto the honorable 
comrnittee appointed by the Provincial congress to be convened at 
Exeter on the seventeenth day of May, instant. 

Voted ; That Ezekiel Ladd be a delegate to represent this commit- 
tee in the Provincial congress. 

Voted; To adjourn the meeting unto the first Tuesday in June 
next, unless the chairman think It necessary to meet before. 

Charles Johnston, Clerk. 

The Colios Country w&a well known to the enemy through 
the French War, and being, as it were, the door-way of 
entrance from the north to eastern New England, Haverhill 
was constantly in danger of being attacked by forces from 
Canada. The importance, therefore, of holding the Cohos 
Country was early seen, and was set forth in a letter from 
Col. Charles Johnston to the New Hampshire congress June, 
1775 : " Now, gentlemen, as to the situation of these parts, 
how near the borders of the enemy we are, everyone knows 
who is acquainted with the boundaries of our own Province. 
As to the position of defence, we are in want of both arms 
and ammunition, and have not a sufficient number of men to 


defend our frontiers without some assistance from the lower 
towns." The committee of safety at Exeter at once directed 
Col. Bedel to proceed to Upper Cohos and " erect a garri- 
son " at Northumberland, and to "assist in building 
garrisons in such other places on the frontier as you [he] 
shall judge most necessary." 

On this account troops known as rangers were early 
stationed at Haverhill and in the Upper Cohos, also at New- 
bury, and Moretown [Bradford], Vt., to keep a sharp look- 
out toward the north and west. At one time two hundred 
and fifty troops were ordered to Newbury. Col. Bedel was 
in command of the first company of rangers in this section 
in 1775, and from that time on to the close of the war 
Haverhill was made a rendezvous of troops. 

In 1776 the Provincial congress at Exeter voted " that 
there be but one place of rendezvous in this [New Hamp- 
shire] colony for the troops destined to Canada, and that it 
be at Haverhill on the Connecticut river." And in the same 
year Col. John Hurd "was authorized to fix oflF all the 
companies from Cohos [Haverhill] with ten dajs' pro- 

Accordingly, from here scouting parties were constantly 
sent out towards St. Johns and Lake Champlain to ascertain 
the number and position of the enemy, and they often 
brought in spies and deserters in their long and swift 

These scouting parties or rangers were composed of men 
of great daring and bravery, who shunned no danger if need 
be, and declined no service however perilous and exacting. 
They adopted the Indian mode of warfare, and were trained 
to wonderfully quick marches and secret movements. It was 
their duty to ascertain the condition and intentions of the 
enemy, and watch his motions. They hung upon his skirts 
and harrassed his scouts, lying in ambush for days along 
Indian trails to administer to the savages in the enemy's ser- 


vice the same cruel warfare which these savages employed. 
They swam swollen streams, crept stealthily through tangled 
undergrowth, scaled rugged mountains, and waded through, 
dangerous swamps, in order to accomplish their purpose. 

Haverhill, through her committee of safety was in daily 
communication with the Provincial congress at Exeter and the 
patriot army acting against Canada. The Town was more 
or less in constant alarm from invasion from Canada. Irt 
June, 1776, a regiment under command of Col. Isaac 
Wyman of Keene was ordered to rendezvous " at Haverhill 
on the Connecticut." Four stockade forts were built in 17 7 S 
to secure the people against sudden attacks. Two of these 
were at the Corner, and two at the " Plain." One at the 
Corner was built around the Col. Johnston place, and the 
other was on Ladd street. On one occasion during this year 
the people north of Haverhill were gathered into these stock- 
ades in fear of an attack from the Indians. There was also 
about the same time great alarm from an anticipated invasion 
from Canada after our army retreated from St. Johns. The 
committees of safety of Haverhill and Newbury sent messen- 
gers to headquarters in Massachusetts and New Hampshire 
to inform the authorities of the dangerous situation these 
parts were in, and unless immediately supported, the inhab- 
itants would be compelled to abandon this door-way to 
Canada. Arms and ammunition were loudly called for, and 
the utmost anxiety prevailed for the safety of Cohos. 

In March, 1777, Cohos was threatened a second time 
by an Indian invasion, and Col. Bedel was ordered by Gen. 
Schuyler to Haverhill to observe their motions, and get 
what intelligence he could about affairs in Canada. Through 
a scout sent to St. Francis it was learned that a large body 
of Indians had engaged with the British troops, and that it 
was thought an early attack would be made upon Cohos. 
Col. Bedel asked for immediate assistance in order to guard 
this section from devastation. 


In the same year, after the fall of Ticonderoga, the Cohos 
Country was again thrown into the greatest consternation, 
and was hourly expecting an attack from the victorious 
enemy. Col. Hurd wrote from Haverhill, July 21, 1777, to 
Gov. Weare at Exeter : — " Now we may most surely expect 
a visit from the enemy ;" and Gen. Bailey, of same date, 
says : — " Sundry expresses have arrived from Windsor in- 
forming of the enemies passing toward No. 4 and Cohos." 

In order to facilitate the easy and rapid movement of 
troops from Ha^■erhill in the direction of St. cTohns, whilst 
•our army «as operating against Canada, a military road was 
begun from the Cohos Country and ^was built as far as 
Peacham, Vt., and various points on the line were garri- 
soned. The forts were called "block houses," and were 
safe against an enemy carrying only small arms. Thi^ road 
was begun Ijy Gen. Bailey in 1776, and was intended to 
extend to St. Johns, but after the surrender of Burgoyne 
the war was transferred chiefly to the South. Afterwards, 
in 1779, the road was completed by Col. Moses Hazen to 
Montgomery, Vt., about fifty miles beyond Peacham, and 
the gap in the Green Mountains through which it passed is 
called Hazen's Gap, and the road was known by his name. 
Col. Hazen's regiment was stationed along this road, and the 
])rincipal points were Haverhill and Peacham. 

In 1780 there A\as again general alarm in regard to the 
safety of the Cohos Country. A committee was called at 
Dresden [Dartmouth College] to ' ' consult M^hat is best to 
be done for the protection of these frontiers." Gen. Bailev 
of Newbury wrote to Gov. Weare of New Hampshire that 
the British forces were strongly posted at Crown Point and 
on Onion river, and an immediate attack on Cohos was 
expected. " I wish," he writes, "you would give orders 
that the mightiest regiment in your state [would] come, so 
one [we] might be in readiness." And again later : — " This 
frontier is the only one for five hundred miles west remaining 


[exposed] . It is near the enemy. It is of great importance 
to you [New Hampshire] , and the other New England 

The Town records during this period show that the author- 
ities and the people were wide-awake to the urgent de- 
mands of the hour. Frequent votes are found for powder, 
lead and fire-arms for the purpose of arming the people and 
furnishing them with the means of defense. The spirit of 
the camp breathes all through these records, from the begin- 
ning of the war till its close. As early as 1774 £20 were 
voted for ammunition for Town protection ; and at a special 
meeting in the following year it was voted that a committee 
be chosen ' ' to see that all the results of the Continental 
Congress are duly observed in said Town [Haverliill] ." 
It was also voted to appropriate £10 to Capt. Ebenezer 
Sanborn for " fetching 200 pounds of ball and 50 pounds of 
powder and a quantity of flint from Exeter." Other appro- 
priations of money were made from time to time for 
" fetching up alnmunition for the Town," for " running 90 
weight of lead," for " gunpowder for the Town," for " the 
payment of scouting parties and for furnishing horses for the 
use of the same." The Town also voted supplies to the 
families of those who were serving in the army. 

Various sums of money, too, were paid to the Town by 
order of the " Provincial Congress" for supplies of ammuni- 
tion and provisions to the troops stationed at Haverhill. In 
1781 Timothy Barron received certain moneys for troops, 
£49 for beef"; and in the same year Col. Johnston was paid 
£363 for beef. In 1782 100 pounds powder, 200 pounds 
balls, 300 flints and 825 pounds beef were furnished soldiers 
at Haverhill. 

During all this time energetic and able men were appoint- 
ed a committee of safety for the Town, whose duty it was to 
communicate with the provincial committee of safety at Ex- 


eter. Also special conferences were appointed to devise 
ways and means for the defence of the frontier. 

In 1777 the Town " chose a committee to meet a com- 
mittee of the several towns at Lebanon." The object of this 
meeting we learn in a subsequent town meeting, when 33 
shillings were voted to Capt. Wesson, James Bailey and 
Dea. Abbott for the journey to Lebanon to ' ' converse with 
a committee sent by the General Court." The town com- 
mittee of safety had the general direction of -the scouting 
parties, and to this committee the scouts reported on_ their re- 
turn from their beats. Here were sent arms and ammuni- 
tion for distribution to the troops coming and going. 

Our forefathers in these stirring times were also vigilant 
in regard to those whose sympathies were with the mother 
country. We read of votes in town meeting of £9 to 
Daniel Stevens for " committing Edward Picket to jail as an 
enemy to his country, and of £5 for " warning five persons 
out of Town." Some of the leading men of the Town were 
in a conspiracy to betray the Cohos Country to the enemy. 
Col. Hurd, Aug. 7, 1776, writes to Gov. Weare : — "In 
my last I hinted to you that we had our eyes upon 
those persons who were propagating the notion of the expe- 
diency of sending into Canada for protection." The leading 
persons in this plot were Col. Porter, Col. Taplin of New- 
bury, Jacob Weeks of Bath, and Jacob Fowler of Newbury. 
The plan was divulged by a young Indian hunter, and Col. 
Porter was secured and sent to Exeter for trial. It would 
seem that the plot was known to the enemy in New York, 
and those in Haverhill and vicinity who were in the conspir- 
acy were in communication with persons in New York, and 
were only waiting for news from that point to make the 
strike. The party which was to go to Canada was to set out 
" under the pretence of moose hunting," and they were to 
guide Burgoyne and his troojis into the Cohos Country, and 
aid him in taking possession of it. 


The feeling between this class and the patriots ran very- 
high, 80 that neighbors would not speak with each other. 
In a letter to the committee of safety at Exeter, 1777, the 
conspirators were referred to in this vigorous language : 
"We are entirely laid open to the sudden attack of our 
British and savage enemy, and the more infernal race of 
enemies amongst ourselves, who are secretly and unweariedly 
plotting our destruction." 

There were those in Haverhill and Newbury who had be- 
come especially obnoxious to the British authorities on 
account of their loyalty to the patriot cause. Rev. Peter 
Powers, who came early from the Vermont side of the river 
to Haverhill for safety, and Col. Johnson, who had taken an 
active and prominent part in the struggle, were in constant 
danger of their lives. Col. Johnson was captured in 1781 
and carried to Canada, and Gen. Bailey a year later only 
escaped capture by a timely warning, and by crossing the 
river to Haverhill, which on account of its position east of 
the river, was less exposed to sudden attacks of scouting par- 
ties from Canada.* Col. Johnson was captured at Peacham, 
Vt., in the house of Dea. Elkins, and after the scouting 

* A British and Indian scout had come into the neighborhood for 
the purpose of capturing Gen. Bailey, and were lying in ambush 
upon the heights back of Newbury. Col. Johnson, who was cap- 
tured the year before, was now at home on parole, and according to 
the conditions of his parole he was under the directions of the British 
officers. The officer in command of the scouting party signaled Col. 
Johnson to come to their biding place, which he did, and he was 
informed of their intention to capture Gen. Bailey in the evening. 
Johnson was in great perplexity about his friend, but at last resolved 
to inform Gen. Bailey of his danger. He wrote on a slip of paper: 
" The Philistines be upon thee, Sampson,'' and gave it to a trusty 
person who was to cross the meadow where Gen. Bailey was plowing, 
drop the slip as he passed near the General, and go on to the river. 
When Gen. Bailey came to the slip he carelessly picked it up and 
read it, and then plowing around once or twice, said to his boys, 
"Take care of yourselves," whilst he crossed the river to Haverhill. 
The attack was made that night. 


party had carried him to their camp, Dea. Elldns sent 
an alarm to Gen. Bailey and to the inhabitants of Cohos that 
the British and Indians were on their way to the Connecticut 
river, and were threatening to burn the settlement at Cohos. 
I copy Dea. Elkins' letter, the original of which is in the 
possession of the " Historical Society of Vermont," and was 
found amongst Gov. Weare's papers in 1843. The John- 
son mentioned in the letter was Col. Thomas Johnson of 
Newbury, and must not be confounded with Col. Charles 
Johnston of Haverhill : 

Peacham, 9 March, 1781. 

Sir : — We were surprised yesterday morning, about three hours be- 
fore day, by four Tories ; the officer's name was Patterson ; one was 
Smith, and two Crosses, who came in when we were all in a sound 
sleep ; had Daniel Davis for a guide. They called us all up, and told 
us we were their prisoners, and ordered lines to bind us, but did 
not. They took Mr. Johnson, Mr. Page and my two sons. They told 
me they had burnt the upper block house, and that they had four or 
five hundred at the lower block house and at Mr. Davis', and that 
there was another party at Onion Biver, fifteen hundred in the 
whole, and that Cohos would be burnt the night following ; and that 
the road between my house and Cohos was waylaid, and that Mr. 
Bailey's fort had surrendered, and that I must keep clear or else 
myself and family would be killed by the savages. Daniel Davis 
said that both their houses were full of men, and a great number 
of Indians camping abroad. This is what account I can give. 

Jonathan Elkins. 

To Gen. Bailey or the inhabitants of Cohos. 

(A true copy) . 

During these years of Revolutionary struggle the commit- 
tees of safety in the several towns were directed to furnish 
their quota of beef and flour for the troops in the field. 
Haverhill with her rich and extensive meadows was able to 
do much in this line. This was then a great wheat-growing 
section, hundreds and thousands of bushels being harvested 
annually. In 1780 a meeting was called to " consult upon 
measures to be taken about the transportation of grain from 
this place," [Haverhill,] and then the To^vn voted to " take 
efficient measures to stop all the grain in said Town for the 


use of the public." Gen. Bailey was directed in 1779 by 
the General Court to " pay to Col. Charles Johnston $2400 
which he has in his hands, for forage supplied on the farm 
of John Fisher." 

It is also handed down in tradition that there were those 
in this section, whether Haverhill made any contribution to 
the enterprising company does not exactly appear, who were 
willing to turn a penny in furnishing beef without too close 
a scrutiny as to where it was going or who might eat it. In 
a quiet way cattle were brought from secluded pastures, 
through the woods, and then after nightfall they were driven 
to the mouth of the Oliverian, and at an opportune time, of 
which these patriots were apprised, they swam the cattle 
across the Connecticut river and delivered them to British 
guards who were in waitins' to drive them to the enemies' 
lines in Canada. 

The disastrous effects of the Revolutionary war are seen in 
the rapid apparent increase of town expenses. In 1766 the 
amount voted for this purpose was £10, whilst in 1780 it 
rose to £1880, 10s., and in the year following $34,150 was 
voted for the Town's " quota of beef." The troubled state 
of the settlement is also indicated in a vote in 1780 to re- 
lease certain parties from fulfilling contracts for building 
mills on account of the " difficult times," and at the close of 
the Revolution there was a sale of original and other rights 
belonging to persons who were embarrassed. These rights 
numbered almost fifty. Population also increased very 
slowly during this period^ and at one time actually decreased. 
In 1773 the population of the Town was 387, whilst in 
1775 it was only 365, many persons removing to "more 
safe and central parts of the state," as the cloud of war 
began to threaten. This was especially the case of such as 
were not land-owners. But after the close of the Revolu- 
tion population again rapidly increased, and the Town be- 
came one of the most prosperous ones in the state. 



First Saw-mill and Grist-mill— General Progress— Uberal Offer for Blacksmith- 
First Saw-mill and Grist-mil) at Hosmer Brook— Second Saw-mill— Other Mills- 
Fulling Mill— Side Light— Flax Mill— Water Power- Baiting Lumber— First 
Tannery— Cloth and Carding Mill— Potash Factory— Paper Mill— Other Mills 
and Shops— Pulp Mill— Swasey Mills— Other Factories and Shops— Woodsville 

Lumber Co Marble Works— Other Enterprises— A. F. Pike Manufacturing 

Co.— Stores and other business at Corner, North Haverhill, East Harerhill, Pike 
Station, Woodsville. 

The Proprietors of the new settlement at Cohos went 
promptly and vigorously to work to develop the resources of 
the country, and used diligently the facilities and means at 
hand for this purpose. According to an early entry in the 
Proprietors' records, 1764, Haverhill and Newbury had 
joined in interest in a common ownership of some mills 
which were situated on Poole brook. These mills were lo- 
cated on the sites or privileges which were exempted when 
Capt. Hazen was allowed to select his house and meadow 
lots before any of the other proprietors drew theirs, and were 
the two mills which Hazen erected in the spring of 1762 
when he came to Haverhill with his workmen. The joint 
ownership of these mills by the two Towns or Proprietors 
was of short duration, as within a year after their erection 
they were offered at public sale, March 13, 1764, " agree- 
able to the vote of the Towns of Haverhill and Newbury,"* 
and were bid off by Hezekiah Hutchins for the sum of $520. 
This sale took place, no doubt, at Plaistow, as the date of 
sale is the same as that of the town meeting which was held 
at Plaistow, March 13, 1764. Something, however, seems 
to have been wrong about the matter, and the sale was ad- 
journed to April 2d at Hampstead, " when said mills were 
set up anew," and bid off by Jesse Johnson, John Hazen 

* This vote, although called a vote of the two Towns, was undoubt- 
edly a Proprietors' vote. 


and Jacob Bailey for $297, " After," as we are informed by 
the Proprietors' clerk, " very many bids were made." 

The general prosperity and the material interests of the 
settlement were also diligently looked after by the Proprie- 
tors in another way. They offered liberal inducements to 
industry and capital in order to develop the resources of the 
Town, and to turn its great natural advantages to speedy 
profit and usefulness. William Wheeler was voted, 1764, 
' ' One right of land " on condition that he would ' ' follow 
the business of blacksmithing for ten years, or some 
one else for him." And he was required to " work for the 
people of Haverhill before any others," and " sufficient 
bonds " were demanded of him as a guarantee that he would 
carry out his part of the contract. The Town's blacksmith 
was not given much time to " turn around in," as he was to 
begin work on or before November of the same year, so that 
he had only about fifteen days in which to " set up shop." 
This shop was at the Plain or Ox Bow. 

The Proprietors also had a meeting, 1764, and voted to 
"give to Timothy Bedel and Elisha Lock the whole privi- 
lege of the lower falls on Hosmer brook,* together with the 
whole lands laid out for said privilege, provided they com- 
plete two mills by the 20th of November, 1765," or within a 
year. One of these mills was to be a saw-mill and the 
other a grist-mill. 

"A perpetual privilege" was given, 1768, to build a saw- 
mill ' ' on one-half the land laid out for that purpose on Hos- 
mer's brook," on condition that the owner should put up a 
mill " fit to saw boards by the 4th day of April, 1769 ;" and 
for a term of five years he was to " deliver 400 of boards 
out of a 1000 to the man that draws the logs," after which 
he was to "deliver one-half of the boards." Johnston & 
Sanders were granted a privilege for a saw-mill at the Brook 
in 1772, and in the following year the 100 acre lot, reserved 

* This was the name of the Oliverian brook in early times. 


on Hazen's (Poole) brook for mill privilege, was voted to 
John Fisher, Esq., on condition that he would build a grist- 
mill and saw-mill, and would saw for half the boards for the 
Proprietors and keep the mill in good repair. Also, in the 
same year a privilege for a grist-mill and saw-mill was grant- 
ed Reuben Foster at the falls on Oliverian brook. This is 
the first mention of the Brook by that name in the records. 

Here is a side light thrown upon the character of our fore- 
fathers. They were practical and thorough men. A privi- 
lege was granted in 1779 to build a " fulling mill," on con- 
dition that the mill was to be put up to do work in six 
months, and to do it in a " workmanlike manner." Joseph 
Pearson was the man that " pitched" for this mill, the site 
of which was designated as at the ' ' falls about three rods 
above the great bridge, and opposite a little island." A plan 
of this privilege is found in Proprietors' records. We also 
learn that a ' ' flax mill " was erected at Hosmer falls as 
early as 1779, as in a grant of that year to Timothy -Bedel, 
giving him the privilege of building two mills ; one of these 
was to be opposite the " flax mill." Joseph Hutchins was 
also granted the same year a privilege to build a grist-mill on 
Hosmer brook. 

The Brook was from the first a busy place. Few clear- 
ings had been made at the beginning of the present century 
along the Oliverian , and its heavily-shaded banks in summer 
shielded it against rapid evaporation, whilst the densely 
wooded country served to hold in store the water-fall. As a 
consequence the water-power . at the Brook was ample and 
steady. Here for many years Capt. Pearson, and afterward 
his son, Isaac, manufactured lumber and carried on milling. 
The manufacture of lumber was easy in those days, as the 
forests came close home to the mills. At first the logs were 
run down the Connecticut river, but in later years, from the 
early part of the present century, the lumber was sent in rafts 
after the river was equipped with a series of locks around the 


falls. At an early date Samuel Brooks ran an oil factory at 
the Brook, and Richard Gookin made carding machinery. 
Later, Mr. Herbert also manufactured machinery. Ezekiel 
Ladd was the owner of a tannery in the last century, which 
was continued by others to a recent date. Cloth and carding 
mills were early established, and later the Bell potash factory 
did an extensive business. Uriel Ward was a hatter and quite 
a military man. Blumly & Sturtevant ran a woolen mill. 
Paper making was begun by Hutching & Co., and continued 
by the Haverhill Paper Co., till it passed into the hands of 
P. F. Litchfield. Also, Joshua Blaisdell manufactured 
shoes, with George W. Miner as head- workman. At pres- 
ent A. W. Lyman runs the old Pearson grist-mill. Michael 
Carleton has a carriage and repair shop, John L. Cook a 
shingle and cider mill, and Robert Jenkins, now a dealer in 
carriages, was formerly in the marble business. Archibald's 
marble works are here. Jonathan Nichols also manufactured 
carriages. Some fifteen years ago the Pulp Mill was built, 
but it was never successfully operated, and has recently 
passed into the hands of P. F. Litchfield, who intends to 
use the lower part for a paper-mill, and has ofiered induce- 
ments to the money-men of Haverhill to put into the two up- 
per floors machinery for the manufacture of woolens, but the 
offer has not been accepted. 

Along the Oliverian, as clearings opened, saw-mills were 
built at several places, the first at a point now called Pike 
Station, the only one at the present time in operation on the 
Oliverian above Brook village. The water-power is un- 
certain and in dry seasons inadequate for continuous work. 
However, it is said that at very moderate expense a suf- 
ficient storage of water could be secured on the North Branch 
to tide over the dry season and furnish ample supply for all 
the mills and shops on the Oliverian ; the new growth of 
forest which is fast taking the place of the old that was cut 
away in the earlier days of railroads, is increasing, it is 


thought, the steadiness of the water-power on the Oliverian, 
so that in the course of years the old-time water-power may- 
be restored. 

At North Haverhill in early times, after the first saw-mill 
and grist-mill were built by John Hazen, mills were operated 
by Obadiah Swasey, chiefly in the manufacture of lumber, of 
which large quantities were gotten out, as the plain at North 
Haverhill was then covered with the finest of pines. This 
lumber was mostly sent to Hartford, Conn. The old Swasey 
site is now occupied by J. G. Blood as a shingle and plan- 
ing mill. Here also are Sleeper & Co.'s bobbin mill, East- 
man's carriage shop, Spencer's grist and flouring mill and 
Getchell & Co.'s carriage manufactory. Mr. Sleeper is also 
engaged in the manufacture of corn-planters. 

Woodsville has always been a lumber point of consider- 
able importance. It was first occupied by John L. Woods, 
and since the incorporation of the Woodsville Lumber Co., 
large quantities of rough and dressed lumber have been 
shipped from their plant. They do an extensive business in 
laths and clapboards. Smith's shovel-handle manufactory 
was here till 1878, when it was washed away by high water. 
C. C. Smart has a large brick-yard, and W. H. Hill's 
marble works are here. 

In addition to these business enterprises are the Jeffers and 
Chase saw-mills, Bacon's carriage and wagon shop and Lewis' 
wood-pump shop. Few of these establishments are extensive 
and they are so scattered over the Town as to make no great 
show, yet in the aggregate they do a large amount of busi- 
ness, and if concentrated at a single point would present 
much outward activity. . 

But there is one extensive plant in the Town that demands 
a more particular notice — the A. F. Pike Manufacturing Co., 
which was organized in 1883, just sixty years after Isaac Pike 
began the manufacture of whetstones in Haverhill, and is 
the direct successor of A. F. Pike who continued the busi- 


ness of his father from 1860 to 1883. The company 
consists of A. F. Pike, E. B. Pike, Isaac Pike, Charles 
J. Pike, and Charles G. Smith. A. F. Pike is president 
and general director, E. B. Pike is vice-president and has- 
the active management of the business outside the office, 
Isaac Pike is treasurer and has the general oversight of the 
manufacturing at Pike Station, and Charles J. Pike is super- 
intendent of the quarrying and cutting of the stone before 
they are taken to the mills to be ground. The capital of 
the company is seventy thousand dollars. They manufac- 
ture all kinds of scythe-stones and whetstones for sharpening- 
edge tools. Their principal quarries are in Haverhill, Pier- 
mont, and Lisbon, and their ledges contain a stone which is. 
better adapted, it is claimed, for sharpening scythes and edge 
tools than anything else ever found. The stone is of a sharp,, 
gritty character, lying in rifts, and is broken out with the 
grain without impairing its strength, and makes a strong, 
durable sharpener, hard enough to cut any steel. These- 
whetstones do not glaze, the layers being so thin that one 
after another wears off in using and a new, fresh surface is. 
all the time exposed. 

The various kinds of whetstones and scythe-stones of this. 
company are used in all parts of the United States and in 
Canada, and many car-loads are sent annually to Europe. 
The company also have quarries and mills in Vermont and 
New York, where they manufacture other grits of stone. 
Besides these they receive and handle stones in large quanti- 
ties from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Arkansas, Nova Scotia^ 
England, Germany, Belgium, Turkey, and from other parts, 
of the world. They have their agents in New York, 
Chicago, St. Louis and Baltimore. In their different quar- 
ries and mills they employ a large force of workmen, and 
are converting barren ledges into articles of indispensible 
usefulness, which to them and to the Town of Haverhill are 
a constant source of revenue. Their business is annually 


enlarging, and if capital, industry, energy, wise business 
plans are rewarded with success, the " A. F. Pike Manu- 
facturing Co." must stand at the front in this line of busi- 
ness. They are also largely interested in soap-stone both in 
New Hampshire and in Vermont. 

Stores were established in Haverhill as soon as roads 
would permit the transportation of goods to the new settle- 
ment. This was not till about the close of the Eevolution. 
In early times heavy goods were brought from No. 4 on the 
ice, and lighter articles found their way to Cohos on pack- 
horses. This continued till about 1790. From that date, 
■or perhaps a few years earlier, stores began to be introduced. 
Probably the earliest store at the Corner was kept by Samuel 
Brooks. Other merchants were the Barstow Bros., Stephen 
Adams, Benjamin Merrill, Russell Kimball, Timothy K. 
Blaisdell, Eix & Cummings, S. F. Hook, William H. Page, 
Bailey Bros., Poor & Westgate. Noah Davis kept a drug 
atore about the beginning of the present century, and Mrs. 
Joseph Bliss about the same time had a ladies' store. The 
present drug store is kept by John W. Merrill, and Charles 
N. Miner is jeweller. Henry Merrill preceded John W. 
Merrill in the drug store, and also dealt in jewelry. The 
early jewellers were John Osgood and Henry Towle. The 
former also manufactured the old-fashioned hig-h clocks. 
Mrs. M. D. Buzzell serves the ladies in bonnets and fancy 
goods. Other business — George W. Leith is a merchant 
tailor ; James A. Page, harness maker ; Edwin J. Facey 
deals in stoves and tinware as successor to L. B. Ham, and 
previous to that R. N. Brown was tinman, better known as 
"Tinker" Brown. Nathan H. Batchelder, manufactures 
carriages and sleighs ; Moses B. Carpenter has a wheel- 
wright and repair shop ; John O. Gifford, carpenter and 
joiner ; W. R. Clark, repairer ; W. E. Pike keeps a meat 
market. The lawyers at the Corner are Geo. W. Chapman, 


Samuel T. Page, William F. Westgate. The doctors, 
Samuel P. Carbee, M. D. Carbee, Henry P. Watson. 

At the Brook the earliest merchants were John Montgom- 
ery, Bell Bros., afterwards Blaisdell Bros., Bailey Bros., A. 
M. Bqwen, W. H. Nelson. Also, quite early Mrs. Gookin 
and Miss Eliza Cross kept ladies' stores ; later Mrs. Cook. 
The present merchants are F. T. Kiernan & Co., J. LeRoy 
Bell ; Miss H. F. Morrison keeps fancy goods, and George 
Whipple is tailor. 

At North Haverhill the merchants were John and Thomas 
Hall, Joshua Morse, the Hibbards, Caleb Webster, Morse 
& Celsey, Samuel B. Eodgers, Joseph B. Cotton, W. H. 
Nelson, E. R. Weeks; and at present, Morris E. Kimball, 
N. C. Wright, C. H. Wetherbee and W. W. Millen. 

The merchants at East Haverhill were Wheeler & Aiken, 
Davis & Abel, Arthur L. Page ; then later, Park & Davis, 
Richardson & Merrill, G. W. Richardson, H. D. Gannett. 

At Pike Station, Isaac Pike was the first merchant, then 
his son A. F. Pike, Pike & Davis, C. J. Ayer. 

At Woodsville the following have been or are now in 
various branches of business. 

John L. Wood, general merchandise ; Edward Child, 
general merchandise ; Ezra S. Kimball, general merchan- 
dise ; John Hale, general merchandise for Hutchins & 
Buchanan ; CM. Weeks, general merchandise ; Lewis 
Barter, flour and grain ; C. B. Drake and G. S. Cummings, 
drugs and medicines ; A. H. & J. Burton, general merchan- 
dise ; E. B. Mann and G. S. Cummings, drugs etc., W. K. 
Wallace, jeweller ; S. L. Estabrook, groceries ; J. H. Cut- 
ting and Frank Smith, general merchandise ; E. B. Miller, 
groceries ; A. H. Leighton and Q. A. Scott, clothing, boots 
and shoes ; George Emery, tin shop and hardware ; H. E. 
Fletcher & Co., flour and grain ; H. W. Ramsey and I. K. 
George, general merchandise ; Mrs. E, Batties, millinery 
and fancy goods ; George A. Davison and Langdon Bailey, 


flour, grain, lime ; S. P. Stickney and T. W. Glover, gen- 
eral merchandise. Mulliken & Davis, stoves, tin and hard- 
ware ; F. L. Moore, grain, coal, hair, cement. 

Other business not mentioned — Andrew Moulton, Dewey 
& Young, house painters ; Ai Willoughby, D. Mitchell, 
meat, provisions ; Chester Abbott^ insurance ; George W. 
Lyons, Michael Stevens, masons; Geo. A. Davison, western 
tickets ; Geo. H. Newell, locksmith ; Jos. Martel, Kimball 
Marshall, blacksmiths ; Joseph Willis, carriage and repairs ; 
D. A. French, music teacher; T. H. Aulis, barber; L. E. 
Collins, Woodsville Bottling Co., bottlers; "Woodsville 
Aqueduct Co. ; Page & ShurtlefF, lawyers ; C. R. Gibson, 
O. D. Eastman, physicians. 



Roads and Civilization— First Roads little more than Bridle-paths— First Ox-team 
from Haverhill to Plymouth— Course of the Road— Road from Portsmouth to 
Cohos^First mention of iTown Roads— Road from the "Plain," to Coventry- 
line the Earliest Town Road— Ingress to Cohos— A suggestive vote— The Road 
from Piermont to Bath— Along the side-hill— The Oliverian Road— Highway 
Taxes and Labor— Public Ferry- County Road— Roads built before 1800— Roads 
extended and built as Population settled in eastern part of Town— Character 
of Roads— Cohos Turnpike — Corporators— Improvement in Roads— Room for 
further Improvement— Permanent material— Grades— Road Engineers— Rail- 
road— Canal— Bridges. 

Roads are both a sign and a necessity of civilization, ex- 
cept where water-courses serve the purposes of roads. The 
savage uses only a trail which answers all his needs of travel 
and transportation. His means of subsistence aife either 
near at hand, or can be transported without roads to meet 
the limited necessities of his condition. But civilization has 
numerous demands, and draws her subsistence from near and 
far. Ancient Assyria had national highways reaching from 
one end of the empire to the other. Along these passed her 
immense traffic and war-chariots. Rome was like the centre 
of a wheel, from which in every direction radiated her mag- 
nificently-paved roads to all parts of her vast dominions. 
Over these for centuries she marched her numerous legions 
and by means of these she drew to herself the treasures and 
products of remote provinces. 

Before the Revolutionary War there were few, if any, 
roads in the Town that could be used except for horseback 
travel. Indeed, in the earlier years what were denominated 
roads were little more than bridle-paths. Ingress into the . 
territory was through unbroken forests, which were " blazed" 
to indicate the direction of the path. Over these the pioneer 
settlers in winter-time dragged on sledges or carried on horse- 
back at other seasons, the provisions and whatever else was 


necessary for their living until land could be cleared and 
crops could be raised. Heavy goods were also brought from 
No. 4 on the ice. Judge Woodward and Mr. John Page re- 
lated to Rev. Grant Powers how they, with others, dragged 
from Concord on a sled the crank for a saw-mill for the new 
settlement in Cohos. 

According to Mr. Powers, who had his information from 
persons living at the time he wrote, the first ox-team that 
went through from Havei'hill to Plymouth was some time 
after 1772, and the event excited a great deal of public 
interest. It was an expedition sent out by a company of 
persons and was more like a construction party than an ox- 
team passing over a road already prepared. The people of 
Cohos had had little hope of a wagon-road being constructed 
in the near future between these two points. Accordingly, 
when the ox-team and the men in charge of it returned to 
Haverhill after accomplishing the trip to and from Plymouth, 
the citizens of Ha\'erhill were so rejoiced at the event that 
they went out to meet them, and the men in charge of the 
team were conducted to their homes in state, whilst the oxen 
were rewarded with an extra feed for their part of a success- 
ful achievement. 

This was the original road from Plymouth to Cohos at the 
Corner, and was at first only a bridle-path. The general 
course of this road be<rinning at Haverhill was as follows : 
It commenced just south of the Whitney place running east 
to StClair hill, thence over the low part of the summit east 
of Day's, keeping on the line of the turnpike till it bore off 
south-east past Putnam's, thence east to Putnam mill and past 
Tarleton Lake, over the Height-o'-Land to Warren. The 
, points are given as they now are. This road became a great 
thoroughfare from Haverhill to " down country," and traces 
of it can still be seen. 

As early as 1765 Gen. Jacob Bailey petitioned the General 
Court at Portsmouth that a road might be built at public 


expense from that city to Cohos, and an act fqr that purpose 
was passed and signed hy. the gOYernor ; and in 1774 Col. 
John Hurd petitioned the governor to have the road leading 
to Cohos improved and , made safe. So that up to 1774 
highways in Haverhill were in a very imperfect and infant 

The first mention of Town roads appears in the Proprie- 
tors' records as early as 1763, when it was voted that " the 
Proprietors of Haverhill join with the Proprietors of New- 
bury to look out and clear a road through Haverhill." This 
vote was reversed in the following year, and in the records 
of that date this road is described as "a road through Ha- 
verhill so as to meet the road that leads to Portsmouth." 
This "Portsmouth" i-oad was the bridle-path leading from 
the "Plain" to the Benton (Coventry) line. The road, 
therefore, which was to be " laid out" by the Proprietors of 
Haverhill and Newbury to " meet the road leading to Ports- 
mouth," was probably a road from the " Upper meadow" or 
Porter place to the Coventry road at the "Plain." After- 
wards the Proprietors voted to ' ' cut out a road from North 
Haverhill court house to Coventry line," which was merely 
an enlargement of the bridle-path. . But it is doubtful if this 
vote was carried out, since a few years later the Town records 
inform us that the Town Y0t,ed to, ',' lay out a road from the 
court house eastward four rods wide," This vote was prob- 
ably intended to carry out the Proprietors' vote above, after 
the Town assumed the care of the Coventry road. This road is 
the one that passes over " Morse hill," and come? in upon 
the Oliverian brook a little east of the Benton (Coventry) 
line. The " Portsniouth " road and the " Coventry road " 
are one and the same. 

This road was undoubtedly the earliest road in the Town, 
and was used by the first, settlers in coming into the Cohos 
Country throug)i Coventry, as this was the nearest course in 
reaching the settlement at the " Plain " or Ox-bow. The 


settlement at this point was the earliest in the Town. It 
was here that Capt. John Hazen and his men built the grist- 
mill and saw-mill in the spring of 1763. 

An early mention of roads is found in the Town records in 
connection with a very suggestive vote. The road surveyor 
was directed not to ' ' call on those who had done the most 
work till the others had done their part." From this it would 
seem that there were even in those heroic and self-sacrificing 
days patriots to he found who were perfectly willing that 
' ' their wives' uncles and brothers " should do all the road- 
making and road-mending of the Town. 

There was also another road described as running 
' ' through Haverhill from the Bath line to the Piermont 
line." At a later date this road was given to the Town on 
condition that its course should not be changed from the 
original road, or to use the Proprietors' own language, the 
road was to be maintained "as it is now trod." The grant 
of this road to the Town by the Proprietors was made in 
these words : " To give the road, as it is now trod, from 
the Bath south line south-westerly to Lieut. Hayward's, 
thence south to north side of ministerial house, thence south- 
easterly to Capt. Hazen's, thence south-easterly a little over 
Mill [Poole] brook, thence in a general south-westerly line 
to Piermont." At the time of the Town's assuming this 
road it was little more than a bridle-path, along which the 
early settlers had built their houses, and which it would 
seem they did not wish varied from the original course on 
this account, so as not to be left off the road. This road 
from Bath to Lieut. Hayward's ran east of what is now 
Woodsville, and was the original of the present river road 
from Bath to Piermont. 

The section of road at the Corner between Col. Johnston's 
and Bedel's skirted at first along the west side of Powder 
House Hill, where the old Page log cabin stood, and crossed 
the Oliverian at Jonathan Ladd's house below the grist-mill. 


and thence ascended the hill from that point, traces of which, 
it is thought, can still be seen on the Oliverian near Mr. 
Lyman's house. The change to the present road from the 
Corner to the Brook was made in 1795. 

In 1789 the Town ordered the completion of a road on 
the south side of the Oliverian bridge in lieu of a road 
between house lots Nos. 65 and 66, which was on the north 
side, and this south side road was afterwards extended far- 
ther east " along the Oliverian brook to the bridge." This 
bridge was probably not far from the high railroad bridge. 

Highway taxes were allowed in 1791 to be paid " in labor 
•at three shillings per day, or other articles in proportion." 
The Town seems to have gone into a sort of " produce ex- 
change business." Also, this year the public ferry at the 
lower end of the Town was sold at auction to Moody Bedel 
for £30, who obligated himself to keep a good road from 
the main or river road to the ferry ; and at the same meeting 
which ordered the sale of the south ferry, a road was author- 
ized to be laid out to the upper ferry from the main or river 
road, " at the convenientest place, without being very expen- 
sive to the Town." 

In 1798 the Town ordered a road built from " Green- 
leaf's mill in a straight course as the land would admit, till 
it strikes the south-west corner of James Woodward's 100- 
acre lot, and to be in range line of said lot till it strikes the 
road to Horse meadow, thence by Ephraim Wesson's and 
Samuel Gould's to Bath line." In the same year a road 
which is described as ' ' turning off at the mills on the Fisher 
farm," was ordered to be carried to the east boundary of the 
Town, and each person along its course was directed to give 
land on his premises. 

From the first settlement of the Town till the beginning 
of the present century the only roads of any extent that 
were built, were the river road running the length of the 
Town, the original Coventry road from North Haverhill over 


Morse hill, and the road which came into the Corner from 
Plymouth. The road along the OKverian was pushed out as 
fast as population settled in that direction, but until about 
1818 there were few settlements beyond the old Pike mill, 
the present site of the A. F. Pike manufacturing company's 

The road described as leading from Greenleaf 's mill to 
the Coventry road, 1798, is now called the county road, and 
the road from the mills on the Fisher farm, is probably the 
same as the road to the Centre from North Haverhill. 
Other roads were built or old ones were enlarged from time 
to time as the population settled back from the river 
and filled up the east sections of the Town. Indeed, before 
the beginning of the present century few settlements were 
made away from the river road, except in the direction of 
Briar hill, and there were also several openings on the 
]Morse hill road and on the Oliverian. 

At this date the roads were imperfect in places, as for 
example the road from Ayer's hill to Poole brook in 1810 
was ordered to be made " passable." The river road oi'igin- 
ally went by the Dow-farm house, and ran east to the foot 
of the hill, a little south of the Powers place, now Mrs. 
Filley's. When the road was voted to be changed, in 1810, 
Gen. Dow was much incensed at the contemplated move- 
ment, and carried the matter before the court in a long 
remonstrance, setting forth the inconvenience and injury 
which the change would inflict upon him and his property. 

In matters of roads the most important as affecting the 
prosperity of the Town, though not a town road, was the 
old Cohos Turnpike which took the place of the old Cohoe 
road from Plymouth through Warren to Haverhill above 
described. The Cohos Turnpike was chartered in 1805, and 
was built in a direct course from Warren to Haverhill 
Corner, so as to shorten the distance between these two 
points, and was mainly accomplished through the enterprise 


and public spirit of Haverhill people. Alas, that this enter- 
prise and public spirit has so largely departed ! The road 
was surveyed by Gen. John Duffee, who in those days was 
famous for his accomplishment in that line of engineering. 
The corporation consisted of Gen. Moses Dow, Absalom 
Peters, Joseph Bliss, David Webster, Jr., Asa Boynton, 
Charles Johnston, Alden Sprague, Moody Bedel, Col. Wm. 
Tarleton, John Page, and Stephen P. Webster, all of them 
men of ability and large influence. The road was completed 
in 1808, and for more than a generation was the great 
thoroughfare for travel and teams in northern New Hamp- 
shire, and made Haverhill during these years the most impor- 
tant and lively town north of Concord. 

The roads of Haverhill will average in passableness and 
comfort with the roads of neighboring towns, and there has 
been a steady improvement from year to year. There is, 
however, yet much room in this direction. The theory 
of road-making and road-mending is all wrong as now prac- 
ticed, and although the Town votes money liberally for 
keeping its highways in repair, and in altering them for the 
greater convenience of the public, it does not get the benefit 
of the large yearly outlay. There is too much road-making 
and road-repairing of such a superficial and shiftless charac- 
ter that the same work must be done over year after year at 
a cost that if doubled or trebled at the start would give not 
only more permanent results, but in the end would be far 
more economical. Bridges and culverts should be built with 
scientific thoroughness and of the most durable material. 
Rome built bridges two thousand years ago that bid fair to 
stand two thousand years longer. Stone or iron should in 
all cases be used. Grades should be so made that little 
change would be wrought upon the road-bed by the most 
violent rain, and at unavoidable points of steep grade mac- 
adamizing should supercede the present method of merely 
dragging on earth to be washed off by the first June shower. 


And the present method of meeting hills by direct cuts should 
in every case where practicable be avoided. Hills should be 
flanked as a rule. Were this method pursued with engineer- 
ing skill and knowledge, at least seven miles out of every 
ten of what is now hill road, could be reduced to almost 
level grade. The roads of Norway and Sweden are carried 
through a hill country more abrupt than ours, but they are so 
skillfully built, winding in and out, flanking steep barriers, 
that the carrol — the Norway and Sweden stage coach, corre- 
sponding to our one-horse express — is dragged over these 
roads hour after hour at the rate of seven to ten miles an 
hour. They are kept as free from loose stones as a barn 
floor. Such roads when once built require little outlay to 
keep them in a high state of service. Thorough work is 
always cheapest in the end, and every town should have the 
service of a trained and scientific road engineer, as much as 
railroads have, whose business it should be to secure to the 
public the best and safest of highways. 

Haverhill was favored with railroad facilities in 1852 — the 
' ' Boston, Concord & Montreal " — which enters the Town 
on the east border, and runs west to the Connecticut river, 
and thence north to Woodsville, traversing through the Town 
a distance of nearly fifteen miles, and having within that 
course five stations which furnish convenient means for 
travel and freighting. 

In the time when canals were introduced into the country 
the project of a canal occupied the attention of the people of 
New Hampshire, and a highway of this sort was contem- 
plated to be built from Dover at the head of tide-water, to 
the Connecticut river. Its course was to be from Dover to 
Lake Winnepiseogee, thence from the head of the Xiake to 
the Pemigewassett river, up Baker's river to Warren, and 
then across the summit to the head waters of the Oliverian, 
and down that stream to the Connecticut. Elaborate surveys 
were made, but the project failed, it is said, on a,ccount of 


the difficulty of getting sufficient water to supply the canal 
in crossing Warren summit except at enormous expense. 
The United States government sent an engineer to assist in 
the survey of the canal. Gen. John Duffee w^as the chief 

The bridges of the Town have never been very expensive, 
as the streams which are crossed by highways are not large. 
The bridge at the Brook is the largest wholly owned by the 
Town, and was formerly an open bridge. A young man, it is 
said, who was leaning against the railing which had become 
very rotten, fell off into the, stream. In former times the 
Brook bridge was farther up stream near where the Pulp mill 
now stands. The bridges across the Connecticut are owned 
by corporations. The "middle bridge" was built about 
1795. A charter for Bedel's bridge was secured in 1802, 
and the' bridge was completed in 1806. This bridge has 
been built four times, once being swept away by a violent 
wind. Wells Eiver bridge was chartered in 1803. 



Early Communication— First Mail— John Balch— State Routes— Postage— Haverhill 
Office- National Mails— Dutch Mail Wagon— Col. Silas May— Post Hom— Ex- 
press-Bi-weekly Mail— First stage line— William Smart— Second stage line — 
Robert Morse— First Trip— Col. Silas May driver— Entrance into Haverhill— Al- 
most an Accident^Tri-weekly Mails— Daily — Extras— The Drivers— Hanover 
Route— Six-horse Coaches— Haverhill a great stage center— Travel— Stage Lines 
—Famous Drivers— Their Character— Responsible Positions — Some Successful 
Men— Drinking Habits— Taverns : Bliss', Coon's, Tovi'le's, Exchange, Sinclair's, 
Second Coon tavern, earliest tavern, Richardson's, Ladd's, Howard's, Morse's, 
Cobleigh's, Svran's, Morse Hill tavern— A great thoroughfare— Teams and 
Teamsters-Provisions— Lodgings— Large Teams— Crouch Tavern — A famous 
hostelry — The old-time tavern — Haverhill's stage-tavern — News Center — Bar- 
room— Fire-place— Flip-Mental training— The Landlord. 

Communication of frontier settlements with the parent 
populations is one of the first things to be secured. At first 
letters are sent back and forth by chance travelers going into 
the new settlements or returning from them. This for some 
years was the only means of communication between the 
" Cohos Country " and the towns in New Hampshire and 
Massachusetts from which the early settlers came. At the 
beginning of the Revolution the State Committee of Safety 
appointed one John Balch a post-rider for the term of three 
months, who was to start at Portsmouth and ride to Haver- 
hill by way of Conway and Plymouth, thence down the 
Connecticut river to Charlestown and back to Portsmouth. 
This service was to be performed every two weeks, and for 
which the pioneer post-rider was to receive the " sum of 
seventy hard dollars, or paper money equivalent." This ser- 
vice faithful John Balch performed during all the stormy 
years of the Revolution. 

The only United States mail service as early as 1791 was 
that of a post-rider along the sea-board. But in the same 
year the legislature of the state passed a law establishing 
" four routes for posts, to be thereafter appointed to ride in 
and through the interior of the state." These routes were per- 


formed once in two weeks, and the postage on a single letter 
was six pence or twelve and one-half cents for each forty- 
miles, and four pence or eight cents for any number of miles 
less than forty. Post-masters were also allowed two pence 
or four cents for all letters that passed through their offices. " 
Amongst the inland post-offices established at that time was 
one at Haverhill. The national government assumed the 
carrying of the mails to HaverhUl soon after 1793. Mails 
were light and consisted chiefly of letters, and the era of 
newspapers and periodicals had hardly yet dawned. 

This state of things continued till the beginning of the 
present century, or indeed till the building of the turnpike, 
when the post-rider was displaced by the Dutch wagon in 
which the mail was carried. Col. Silas May was the mail- 
man then, and had been for some time before. As he drove 
his first mail wagon into Town he blew harder and oftener 
his old horn. It was a great event, and marked also the 
beginning of a new business, the carrying of bundles for 
twelve and one-half cents, in fact an incipient express. 
Every house he passed on the route was awakened by the 
blast of his horn , giving them warning of bundles to be left or 
taken. The mail was carried twice a week, and twice a week 
Col. May was seen coming down over the long turnpike hill 
leading into Haverhill, his old horn heralding the mail-car- 
rier's approach, and equally often in the week he started out 
on the return trip. 

But this lasted only a few years. The spirit of innovation 
and progress had taken possession of the Cohos settlement. 
The stage coach was in fashion " down below," and a stage 
line was projected as early as 1811. Col. William Tarleton 
was one of the owners ; but alas ! good and faithful May, 
post-rider for many years, and the jolly driver of the Dutch 
man and express wagon, was not the Jehu of the new enter- 
prise. The driver was William Smart, and the line soon 
came to gi'ief, and it was not till 1814 that a permanent 


Stage line ran into Haverhill. It was organized by Robert 
Morse, a HaverhUl boy then of Rumney, who afterwards 
became famous as a stage proprietor, and enlisted the interest 
of all towns along the route between Haverhill and Concord. 
The first trip was made in the spring with Morse and some 
invited guests as passengers, and the faithful post-rider. Col. 
Silas May, was the happy driver. He is said to have been 
a great horseman, and never did man see a prouder day than 
Col. Silas did as he came down the long St. Clair hill with his 
four-in-hand, blowing his horn in wild blasts and wheeling 
his coach with its grand load of passengers tip to the Towle 
tavern. A great and eager crowd was in waiting when the 
trusty driver laid down his reins, and gave him a loud and 
enthusiastic welcome. It is said that just before reaching the 
Corner a linch-pin was lost from one of the wooden axles, 
but by May's skillful driving the wheel did not come off, and 
the coach reached its destination without serious accident. 

Soon the trips were increased to three per week each M^ay, 
and next a daily coach was run, and in the height of travel 
two or three coaches going and coming M-ere necessary to 
meet the demands of the public. Other drivers were Caleb 
Smart, Peter Dudley, Sanborn Jones, Eleazer Smith, James 
r. Langdon, afterwards a large owner in this and other stage 
lines, William W. Simpson, known better as "Wash" 
Simpson, Seth Greenleaf who became also famous in the 
days when the great stages rolled in and out of Haverhill 

About the same time that the line from Concord to Haver- 
hill via Plymouth court house was put on, another stage 
came into Haverhill from Concord via Hanover. This was a 
two-horse coach at first, and connected with the stage line to 
New York. The driver was Wait Gould. Subsequently 
six-horse coaches were driven on all the important stage lines 
that centered in Haverhill. 

Haverhill very early became the stage center in northern 


Xew Hampshire. In tlie height of travel and before the 
railroad invaded these liniitsj there were six or eight stage 
lines that brought the mails and passengers from all sections. 
Usually they came in in the evening and took their departure 
in the morning. Reliable authority states that the number 
of persons who were set down at the diiFerent taverns in 
Haverhill ranged from seventy-five to one hundred fifty 
daily. Extra coaches were run on the main routes in order 
to meet the urgent demands of travel. The chief lines were 
those to Boston, New York, and Stanstead, Canada; whilst 
lesser lines came from the White Mountains, Montpelier, 
and Chelsea, Vt., and other points. Most of these were 
dailies, and used four and six-horse coaches of immense 
strength and capacity for carrying passengers. 

Some of these stages had famous drivers. Dan Field,, 
who drove in the Stanstead line, was noted for the wonderful 
skill with which he blew his bugle announcing his coming as 
he entered the village, and would land his passengers after 
making a graceful curve with his team in front of the tavern. 
Another driver was " Wash" Simpson. He was a jolly old 
Englishman, a sort of Sam Weller, and had a proprietory 
interest in the line he drove in. Then there were the Morses, 
. father and son, who also were latge owners in the Boston 
line ; Seth Greenleaf of the White Mountain stage, the two 
Simonds brothers, Joshua and Jehiel ; the Henry brothers, 
Timothy and Charles ; James F. Langdon , better known as 
" Jim," Bill Fuller, and many others who had wide fame as 
skillful and experienced drivers. They were a hardy set of 
men, frequently exposed to perils, cold, and storm, and held 
very responsible positions. In their hands was the safety 
of mails and passengers. In the fall and spring of the year 
when the roads were heavy, and many points of danger were 
to be passed, these weather-beaten men with a rough exterior 
perhaps, and homely speech, were found true and faithful to 
their responsibilities. Often at such seasons they met with 


many delays, and brought in their fatigued teams and pas- 
sengers at late hours. As a rule they were favorites and 
justly popular with the traveling public. " They were also 
regarded," says a writer in a sketch of James F. Langdon, 
' ' as important men of the community, and a nod of recog- 
nition from the driver on the box was enough to make the 
•ordinary man happy through the day." They had a pleasant 
word for the children, and were patient with and consider- 
ate of the ladies who happened to be put into their care, and 
were proud of the immense loads of passengers which daily 
they set down at the taverns. Some of these drivers were 
also proprietors in the stage lines, and not a few of them 
were men of ability and enterprise, who, after the stages 
were displaced by the railroads, were successful in other lines 
of business, like Nathaniel White and James F. Langdon. 

In those days of almost universal drinking habits the 
•stage-drivers were no exception to the general rule, and 
their exposed life and exacting work were a constant temp- 
tation for them to indulge their appetites. They usually 
occupied rooms in the attic of the tavern for lodging, and 
many were the gay and lively times they indulged in as 
they got together and recounted the incidents of their trips, 
and not seldom did the marks of hilarity tell of these jolly- 
men of the reins. Let their names be embalmed in history 
as a strong feature of the olden times, when they filled a 
place and did a service which is worthy of mention. 

Haverhill, in the glory of the stage era, was full of tav- 
erns. The "Bliss tavern" was one of the first that was 
built, and was owned and kept by Joseph Bliss, an early 
settler in the Town. This house is still standing and bears 
marks of its early construction in the finish and carving over 
the front entrances and in the wainscotting and panelling of 
the interior. It is now owned and occupied by Mr. George 
W. Leith, and stands on the corner of Court street fronting 
the commons. This tavern was the aristocratic headquarters 


where the judges of the court and the lawyers stopped in 
early days. .' 

Another old tavern stood on the spot where afterwards 
was built the Grafton county bank house, now known as the 
" bank house." The tavern was called the " Coon tavern," 
and was kept by Ross Coon. It was cut in two and moved 
from the premises, one part forming, it is said, the house in 
which Mr. L. B. Hani lives, and the other part forming the 
house owned and occupied by the late Augustus Whitney. 

The great -stage tavern was owned and kept by Col. 
Simeon Towle, and was known as the ',' Towle tavern." It 
stood where now Mr. Nat. Page's house stands. Col. Towle's 
son Edward succeeded his father, and later Mr. Edward 
Towle's widow continued to keep the house. This was a 
large three-story house, the headquarters of the stage lines, 
and was a famous hostelry known along all the stage routes 
leading into Haverhill. 

The present brick hotel was at first a pri\"ate house and 
then enlarged for a tavern. It was kept by a Mr. Williams, 
and afterwards by Eleazer Smith who was succeeded in its 
ownership and management by his son, Charles G. Under 
these last two proprietorships it was known as Smith's hotel, 
and was kept by them for nearly half a century. It is now 
owned and managed by Scott Fellows, and is called the 
"Exchange hotel," which was its earlier name before the 
Smiths kept it. Mr. Chas. G. Smith improved and enlarged 
it by adding the present new wing. It has also undergone 
changes under the present management, and is and always 
was a well kept house. 

The larffe brick house on Court street, now the residence 
of Dr. Phineas Spalding, was originally built for a tavern, 
and was kept as such by Capt. Jonathan Sinclair for many 

There was also a brick tavern in early days three stories 
high situated on the level plot between Mrs. Chandler's 


house and the stone house at the Brook. This house was 
burnt and was never rebuilt. It was kept by Ross Coon 
after he left the old " Coon house." 

Besides these taverns at the Corner there were taverns in 
other parts of the Town. Probably the first tavern, or at 
least what served the purposes of a tavern, was Uriah 
Morse's on Poole brook. Capt. Hazen was an inn-holder 
as early as 1766 in the same locality a little north, and 
Luther Richardson kept a public house in 1774 at the 
"Plain." Another very early tavern was kept by Samuel 
Ladd on Ladd street. This house stood just south of where 
Mr. <Tames Woodward lives, and the site is marked by a 
large willow tree still standing, with which is connected a 
very romantic story. There was also a tavern in eai'ly times 
on Ladd street where Mrs. Oso;ood Morse's house stands. 
Col. Joshua Howard kept a tavern near the site of the 
county poor-house. Also a little. later there was a tavern at 
Horse meadow known as the " Morse tavern," and was kept 
by John Morse, and a mile north of this was the " Cob- 
leigh tavern," where the fast men of the day met and drank 
and handled cards. This house is still- standing though 
somewhat chancred. The Buck house on Ladd street was 
once a tavern, known as the " Swan tavern." In later days 
it was kept by Capt. Lyman Buck. 

The old ' ' Morse tavern " on Morse hill was a famous 
stopping place in earlier days for teams that came down from 
northern Vermont and Xew Hampshire on their way to 
Portsmouth and Boston. It was a one and a half story 
house, [standing just east of the present Dearborn house, 
traces of its location are still visible, and contained four 
large rooms below and two in the attic. One of the lower 
rooms was used as the bar-room, and the other, opposite was 
a sort of reception room. Back of these were the kitchen 
and dining room. In the attic were rooms for the family. 
This was a common style of tavern-house in those days. 


The road from North Haverhill to ' ' down country " was a 
great thoroughfare, more than rivaling the road from the 
Corner to Plymouth in the number of teams tliat passed over 
it. Often long trains of pungs and pods could be seen on 
this road, and the " Morse tavern " would house these teams 
and their drivers over night, sometimes to the number of 
thirty or more. The drivers generally carried their own 
provender and food. Few regular meals were got for these 
teamsters, except for the more well-to-do. Some took a cold 
" bite" as it was called, but as a rule they spent little for 
food and oats on the trip. Their provisions consisted of 
cold meats, sausages, bean porridge, brown bread, pies, cake, 
and cheese. These in the cold winter days would freeze, 
and when the di'iver, with the aid of the hostler, had seen to 
their teams, they brought in their provisions and thawed 
them out by the great blazing fire in the bar-room, and thus 
ate their suppers, which they washed down with a glass of 
cider or other drinks. Perhaps before lying down to sleep 
they indulged in the famous mug of flip. Their beds con- 
sisted of robes which they spread on the bar-room floor, and 
for pillows they used their fur coats, and then with their feet 
toward the fire they stretched themselves in a semi-circle 
around the immense hearth on which was piled great quanti- 
ties of wood. When the number was too large for the bar- 
room the reception room was used for the overflow. 

Here in the early hours of the evening they told stories 
and sang songs, and had a merry good time. In the morn- 
ing they took their breakfast very much as they did their 
supper, and after paying for their lodgings and indulging in 
aoother glass of cider or flip, they continued their trip to 
market with the same experiences at the next night's 
stopping place. For a lodging ten cents was charged, twelve 
and a half cents for a bite, and twenty-five cents for a regu- 
lar meal, and with what was left at the bar, the landlords 
managed to collect quite a revenue in those days. 


The grade over Morse hill was too great for the large six 
and eight-horse teams of a later day, and to avoid this long 
heavy pull they went, after the road was built-, by " Brush- 
wood" road along the Oliverian. This was about 1838 or 
'40. A tavern was kept in the early part of this century at 
East Haverhill in the house now owned and occupied by A. 
L. Warren. This house became the stopping place for 
teams after they ceased going over Morse hill. 

Another tavern deserves mention here, perhaps the most 
noted tavern in the early history of Cohos. Though not 
situated within the limits of Haverhill, it properly belongs to 
the history of the Town. This was the famous Tarleton 
tavern at Tarleton Lake' on the old road from the Corner to 
Plymouth, and was first kept by Col. William Tarleton as 
early as 1774, and afterwards by his son Amos. The stages 
as they pulled out from Haverhill over the steep hills, or over 
the Height-o'-Land from Warren, were sure to give their 
horses a breathing spell and a sip of water with a handful of 
salt in it, whilst the passengers were equally sure to make a 
friendly call at the landlord's well supplied bar of all kinds 
of drink. The driver was always invited by the passengers 
to take a drink, was the testimony of a famous driver and 
proprietor — James F. Langdon — ' ' and if he was so disposed 
he could get drunk twenty times a day." Tarleton's was 
also a great place for teams to stop at. 

The tavern of the olden time was distinguished for its 
home-like hospitality. Blazing fires burned in the open fire- 
place in the bar-room and in the reception room to welcome 
the weary traveler, and a substantial and appetizing meal 
was sure to greet him as he responded to the call of the din- 
ner bell. Many of these hostelries became famous for their 
excellent tables, and the traveler who had occasion to go 
over the road often, looked forward with pleasure to the hour 
when the coach would draw up to their hospitable doors. 
At breakfast he was sure of a delicious cup of coffee, and in 


the evening after a long and tedious Hde, often over rough 
and heavy roads, he sat down to a tender and smoking steak, 
such as would gladden the heart of an epicure. 

As the great northern stage center, Haverhill had its 
famous stage tavern which was known far and near. Its 
excellent cheer and plentiful board went through all the 
routes, and mine host was an important personage. Many 
have been the sighs of a generation of men fast passing 
away for the good old days of the stage taverns. Modern 
cooking may be more elaborate and artificial, and abound in 
delicacies and more numerous tid-bit dishes, but the aroma 
of beef, and mutton, and fowl from the old-fashioned baking- 
ovens, steaming before you in ample quantities and stimu- 
lating the appetite, can never be excelled by the butter and 
grease of later times. 

The stage tavern was the great center of attraction in 
those days, and when the stages came in from various points 
bringing in their passengers and news, the village people 
were accustomed to gather at the tavern to learn what was 
going on in the outside world. Here reputable citizens con- 
gregated and talked over the happenings of the day. News- 
papers were infrequent in those days, and the tavern with its 
new-comers became a sort of literary exchange where every- 
body that had any thing to relate could always find eager 
listeners. The bar-room, as it was then called, with its bot- 
tles of whiskey and gin, was a large room with benches and 
eettees on all sides. This was filled with a crowd of men and 
boys who spent the greater part of the evening there. The 
open fire-place was a conspicuous feature, and the flip-iron 
and mug were inseparable concomitants of the bar-room. 
Treating was an universal custom in those days, and the mug 
filled with steaming flip was passed around amongst the 
crowd, and everybody took' a sip of the favorite beverage. 

When the news was all talked over, and the hours were 
speeding toward midnight, especially when the coach hap- 


pened to be late, the crowd dispersed for tlie night only to 
renew its gathering on the following evening. Those stage 
villages where the mails lay over night were busy little cen- 
ters, and manifested all the attributes of a small metropolis. 
These populations retired at night with a general knowledge 
of the doings and happenings of the great outside world, and 
awaited with undisturbed self-possession the coming of the 
next coach. And so life rolled on in those earlier days with 
a satisfaction and success which now to our swifter means of 
locomotion and faster ways of living seem tame and abortive. 
Information and knowledge were gained then more by hear- 
ing and talking than by reading, but the people were quite 
as intelligent on general matters as they are to-day, and the 
peculiar discipline of those times developed many a hard- 
headed man of shrewd common sense and large experience. 
Those attritions of mind and interchange of information and 
opinion had a flavor of their own. What an educational 
force the old stage tavern was ! 

In olden times the first families kept tavern, and it has 
often been remarked why this was so. The explanation is 
easy enough. Only those went away from home who as a 
rule belonged to the wealthy and intelligent class, and the 
tavern-keeper was brought into closer social relations to the 
traveling public than is the case at the present time. He 
was expected to entertain his guests not only with good eat- 
ing and drinking, but also it was expected of him that he 
would make himself agreeable and companionable by his 
ability to engage in intelligent conversation. He was the 
depository of a vast amount of current information which 
was dropped at his house by the coming and going of guests, 
and this he was expected to pass over to each new-comer. 
As a consequence he was generally found to be a man of in- 
telligence and of social standing. Many of these tavern- 
keepers were the most influential men of the times. They 
came into larger contact and closer relationship with the 


leading spirits of society, politics and business, and had 
opportunities of mental growth and insight into the ways and 
character of men that made them exceptionally intelligent 
and large minded. Mine host held a leading place in all 
affairs and movements. This was especially the case along 
the great thoroughfares of travel and business. 



Early Education— School lots laid out— School money— Earliest School Districts and 
School Houses— Second Class of School Houses— Ee-districting-Distriets and 
Schools increase with population— Town system— First Board of Education- 
Town liberal in maintaining Schools— School Centres— The Comer and Woods- 
viUe Schools— Dartmouth College Gran^-Incidents- HaverhiU Academy. 

The matter of education early engaged the thoughts of the 
first settlers of the Town. At the beginning probably little 
was done in the way of schools except in individual families, 
and as the inhabitants were largely composed of new families 
and single persons, the school population did not come into 
prominence in the first years of the settlement. 

In 1772 we find an article in the Proprietors' warrant to 
see if they will ' ' lay out a tract of land for the use of the 
school in Haverhill," and a school was probably in existence 
before that date. A few years later school money was 
ordered to be " paid in specie." On the first jaage of the 
Town records are found several receipts for money paid for 
teaching, amongst these is one given by Timothy Curtis for 
£8, 19s., 6d. for teaching school five months and twenty 
days. This receipt bears date 1774. 

Although money was appropriated for school purposes as 
early as 1774, no mention is made of school districts tiU 
1786, when the Town was divided into four districts. The 
first district extended from the Piermont line to the Oliverian, 
the second to the south side of the Fisher farm, the third to 
Col. Howard's bridge near where now are the county poor- 
house buildings, and the fourth to Bath line. In the follow- 
ing year four school houses were ordered to be built, and the 
sum of £100 was appropriated to carry this purpose into 
effect. No. 2 was known as Ladd street district on account 
of the number of persons of that name, who lived within its 


At a later period, 1805, one thousand dollars was appro- 
priated for building school houses in the different districts. 
These houses were to take the place of those built about 
twenty years before, which were crude structures. In 1811 
it became necessary to increase the number of districts, and 
accordingly a, vote was passed for that purpose, but it does 
not appear that this vote was carried into immediate effect, 
since in 1815 the matter was brought up again, and a vote 
was passed to re-district the Town. A committee was 
appointed to report upon the matter, and their recommenda- 
tion that the Town should be divided into nine districts was 
adopted. From that time on the number districts has multi- 
plied as the increase of population and the settlement of the 
eastern section of the Town made it necessary. There was 
no re-districting of the entire Town as on the two former 
occasions, but new districts were formed by the division of 
old districts, or by forming new ones out of parts of old ones 
as was most convenient for schooling, until the number rose 
to twenty-one. 

Meantime as the graded system became better understood 
and more fully appreciated there was a growing demand, 
especially at the Corner, for better schools, and in 1875 the 
matter of realizing such a school began to be agitated in 
Nos. 1 and 17. There was much opposition to the move- 
ment on account of prejudice and misinformation, to which 
was added a fear of cost, and it was only after several 
School meetings and the utmost exertions of the more public- 
spirited of the community, that a vote was secured to unite 
Nos. 1 and 17 in one school district of two grades, primary 
and grammar, for a single year. But notwithstanding, two 
most excellent teachers were employed for the- year, school- 
time increased several weeks, and by the admission of all 
great improvement of the schools was perceptible, the voters 
of No. 17 refused to go on another year, and the people of 
the two districts were compelled to accept the old order of 


things for a little while longer. A plan, however, to 
resuscitate the Academy having been suggested in 1880, 
and the plan being favorably received, Nos. 1 and 17 were 
by contract between the districts involved and the trustees 
of the Academy, united into a single school with three 
departments, — academic, grammar, and primary, — and since 
that time the schools at the Corner have been in a most 
prosperous condition, and have largely met the expectations 
of the people. 

In Woudsville a graded school of two departments, 
primary and grammar, has existed since 1872, and has 
greatly added to the efficiency and success of the schools in 
that village. In the same year the present school building, 
which affords convenient accommodations for the schools, 
was erected. 

In 1885 the Town system went into operation. The law 
authorizing a change from the old district system was intended 
to reduce the number of districts and increase the efficiency of 
the schools. It provides a board of education which has 
charge of all the schools, and the Town constitutes a single 
school district with schools at such points as the board may 
prescribe. Few changes were made in the old districts dur- 
ing the first year two of the new law — Nos. 9 and 20 only 
were discontinued in that time — but further changes were 
promised " as soon as the schools could be accommodated in 
other places." The first board of education chosen under 
the new law consisted of Caleb Wells, Samuel P. Carbee, 
M. D., and Darius K. Davis, and the opinion is expressed by 
a member of the board. Dr. Carbee, that the chanse has 
worked well thus far in the interest of education, and that 
the " law of 1885 has come to stay." 

The Town has always been liberal in the maintenance of 
schools, and these have been as efficient, and have served 
their purpose as well as could be expected under the difficul- 
ties of a sparsely settled population in parts of the Town 


and the constant diminution of school children. Usually 
the Town has voted a definite sum to be distributed equally 
amongst the several districts, and thus districts of less valua- 
tion were enabled to have longer terms of schooling without 
burdensome taxation. 

In the present distribution of centers of population, 
which will not be likely to be changed in the near future, a 
system of graded schools could very easily be established, 
and the entire school population could be put into reasonably 
convenient communication with the centers. Thes§ centers 
are four — one at the Corner including Ladd street, another 
at East Haverhill, a third at North Haverhill, and a fourth 
at Woodsville. It might be necessary to establish at a few 
intermediate points single schools for parts of the population 
too remote from the centers, but for those more advanced in 
their studies a system of graded schools, as above indicated, 
is entirely feasible, and should be gladly welcomed by all 
who have the interests of our schools at heart. Adequate 
compensation could be made for instruction, thoroughly 
trained teachers could be secured, and the Town, at even less 
expense than under the present arrangement, would afford 
its school population the means of an excellent education, 
equal to that of large villages and cities. 

As an indication of the deep interest which our fore- 
fathers felt in education, for many of them were men of 
considerable mental training, an article was put into the 
Proprietors' warrant of 1770 to " see if they would give 
anything to Dartmouth College, Dr. Wheelock, or Col. 
Phelps, or either of them, as an encouragement for said 
college being fixed in said Township." And it was a wise 
forethought and public spirit worthy the founders of the 
Town that they voted to ' ' give to Revd. Elitzer [Eleazar] 
Wheelock, D. D., fifty acres of land in Haverhill lying on 
Capt. John Hazen's mill [Poole] brook, where there is a 
convenient water-fall for a mill, provided Dartmouth 


College should be erected in Haverhill." There is no 
blame to be attached to the founders of the Town that 
Dartmouth College did not come to this fair spot. 

Few controversies have sprung up in the history of our 
schools, and none of these have left any serious marks 
behind. But there were those of a rather humorous side. 
In one of the districts the question whether to repair or to 
rebuild the school house came up for discussion and decision. 
Those in favor of repairing the old house were in the major- 
ity, but the minority were not disposed to rest the matter in 
such way, and resorted to violent measures, and tore down 
the old house. The matter became quite serious, and was 
already in the earlier stages of a law suit, but by the friendly 
intervention of outside counsels, those who tore down the 
old house were persuaded to put up a frame at their own 
expense, equal in value to the old house, and the district was 
then to complete the building. This compromise prevailed 
and the matter was amicably settled. One person, however, 
whose sense of justice was rather strongely tinctured with 
vindictiveness, was not so easily mollified, and when coun- 
selled with in regard to the plan of adjustment, said, " No, 
they must be punished." 

On another occasion at a school meetiilg for the purpose 
of uniting two districts into a graded school, those present 
were treated to an exhibition of a very ludicrous character. 
The people were nearly equally divided, and feeling ran 
quite high. The debate on the proposition was warmly 
conducted on both sides, sharp hits were given and received, 
and the fire flew. The chiefs in this discussion were two 
of the most esteemed and respected citizens of the district, 
of advanced age, and both happened to be school teachers 
in their younger days. Both also claimed to bring superior 
knowledge to the discussion of the question in debate, which 
led to a challenge of their respective qualifications to be 
judges. "Mr. A. considers himself a proper judge of 


what is best for our schools, but I wish I could show you 
his letter to me asking for a school, and see the spelling," 
This was a dead shot,^nd the speaker's eyes flashed and an 
air of satisfaction mantled his face, as the audience smUed 
audibly. Then his opponent replied, "Yes, I wish you 
could see a certain document which Mr. B. sent to 
Washington, and which was returned to have the bad 
spelling corrected." This was too much, and the audience 
broke forth in violent demonstration. The combatants had 
each fired a red-hot shot, and both were struck in a vulner- 
able spot. 

In addition, however, to the provision which was early 
made by the first settlers of Haverhill for the education of 
their children, they also felt the need of furnishing facilities 
for more advanced studies than could be provided for in 
common schools. Accordingly steps were early taken for 
the erection of a building for the purpose of establishing an 
academy at a date previous to 1793. In June of that year 
an edifice which the Proprietors styled a ' ' commodious build- 
ing " was offered to the Court of Sessions and to the Court 
of Common Pleas for their use and convenience free of 
charge, in which the owners, however, reserved the right to 
hold a public school at any time when the courts were not in 
actual occupancy of the building. This building is described 
as situated near the corner of the road leading from Haver- 
hill to Plymouth, and was south of the spot where now 
stands the present Academy building. The Academy was 
incorporated in 1794 on petition of Charles Johnston, Esq., 
and others, who state in their petition that they had employed 
" a young gentleman of liberal education, eminently quali- 
fied as a preceptor, and that about thirty pupils had already 
engaged there in pursuit of. an education in the arts and 
sciences." The name of the institution was given in the 
charter as "Haverhill Academy," and its object was set 
forth to be "to promote religion, purity, virtue, and mor- 


ality, and for teaching the youth in English, Latin, and 
Oreek languages ; in writing, music, and the ait of speak- 
ing ; in geography, logic, geometry, mathematics, and such 
other branches of science as opportunity may present and 
the teachers shall order and direct." The trustees who were 
named in the charter were the ' ' Honorable Charles Johnston, 
the Eev. Ethan Smith, Messrs. John Page, Samuel Bliss." 
The number of the board was limited to ten, of whom a 
majority constituted a quorum. They were empowered to 
receive and hold in the name of, and for the use of the 
Academy, real, personal, and mixed property, but the net 
income of real estate should at no time be allowed to be in 
excess of seven hundred dollars, whilst the net income of 
personal and mixed property could not be made to exceed 
one thousand dollars. It was also provided that when the 
real estate amounted to more than $3,333.33^ all of such 
excess should be liable to taxation . The act of incorporation 
was approved February 12th, 1794, and bears the signature 
of Josiah Bartlett who was the president or governor of the 

As is seen in the aim of tlie Academy, which is set forth 
in the charter, our forefathers regarded religion and educa- 
tion as inseparable, and in accordance with that sentiment 
religion and morality were made foremost features in the 
training of the school. A belief in God and our obligation 
to Him were considered prime articles of faith. The union 
of religion and education was emphasized in the government 
of the school in its requirement of teachers and pupils that 
they should attend public worship on the Sabbath and also 
daily prayers during term time at the Academy. 

The manners and deference which the young of that day 
were expected to observe toward their superiors, is illustrated 
by one of the earlier by-laws. It required " students to 
respectfully notice their teacher when they pass him on the 
street ; also the trustees of the Academy, and all public 


characters." It is feared that both these features in the early 
education of youth — religion and politeness — have somewhat 
fallen into decay in these undeferential modern times. 

The Academy had its struggles in the earlier yfears of its 
career, and sacrifices were demanded bf our fathers to keep 
it alive. The trustees and others were assessed for the sup- 
port of the school. Trouble also sefems to have come upon 
it, as in 1807 a committee was appointed to "investigate 
the situation of the school," and the frequent adjournments 
of the board of trustees without accomplishing anything, 
show that its history was marked by many fluctuations and 
uncertainties. ' 

Its endowment early occupied the attention of its friends, 
and in 1803 a committee was chosen whose duty it was. 
to petition the General Court for a grant of land. It does 
not appear, however, that anything was accomplished in this 
direction, and with the exception of about five hundred dol- 
lars, the gift of Mary P. Webster, the school has never been 
endowed, but has been maintained by tilition and the volun- 
tary aid of interested friends. For this reason its career has 
been less successful and prosperous than it otherwise would 
have been. Nevertheless it has filled an honorable and 
serviceable place in the educational facilities of a large sur- 
rounding country, and has been the educational home of 
many graduates who have filled ' stations of usefulness and 
prominence in the various walks of public and private life. 
Its most distinguished graduate was the' late Justice Nathan 
Clifford of the United States Supreme Court. ' ' 

In earlier years pupils in District No. 1 attended school at 
the Academy, and this district as well as No.' 17 had certain 
rights in the building. The county held an interest in the 
Academy building from 1793 for the use of the courts which 
were held in the second story. ' In 1841' an agent of the 
board-of trustees was chosen with a view to transfer the 
Academy's interest in the building to the cbunty, and also' to 


obtain from the state the land on Powder House hill for a 
site for another building for the Academy. But after the 
new court house was erected on Court street the interest' of 
the county in the building passed into the hands of the 
trustees who are now the sole owners of it. 

The first Academy building was constructed of wood and 
was burned in 1814. It was voted to rebuild with stone ; 
the material of the old building was sold in 1816 to Israel 
Swan except the stone and bell, and reservation of the old 
building was made till the new one could be finished, from 
which it would appear that the destruction by fire was not 

Moses P. Peyson, afterwards a prominent lawyer in Bath 
and a very accomplished gentleman, was the first principal of 
the Academy, 1794. The income of the school for that 
year was £78, which would be about $375 of our money. 
Tuition for English branches was seventeen cents per week, 
and for languages twenty cents per week. 

In 1801 the trustees fixed the salary of Stephen P. 
Webster, who was the second principal, at $336.36. The 
records show that he occupied this position until 1805, at 
least. They also inform us that Isaac Patterson was princi- 
pal in 1813, but how long before that time, if any, he filled 
the place is not known. Mr. Patterson was afterwards a 
lawyer in Bath for many years, and lived to an extreme old 
age, dying in 1883. He was a very gallant man and was 
distinguished for his immense shirt collar. 

Joseph Bell, the famous Haverhill lawyer, taught the 
Academy for one year after he graduated from college in 
1807, and C(5l. Charles Johnston filled a vacancy later. 
Cyrus Grosvner was principal in 1819 but did not seem to 
have been successful either in teaching or in his government 
of the school, and a committee was appointed to investigate 
the matter and to rectify the difficulty if possible, or to dis- 
miss the principal as the committee should see fit. Jesse 


Kimball succeeded Mr. Grosvner, and in 1821 Mr. Mack 
became principal, and continued so till 1828. Ephraim 
Kingsbury followed him. Peter T. Washburn was principal 
in 1836. He afterwards became a distinguished lawyer in 
Woodstock, Vt., and was also governor of that state. 
Joseph C. Bodwell followed next ; he afterwards was 
prominent as a clergyman. He was succeeded by Daniel 
F. Merrill who continued in that position for a number of 
years, afterwards going South, but again took charge of the 
school in 1862 and continued to be its principal for some 
time. John P. Humphrey taught the Academy from 1839 
to 1841, and Hermon Rood was the head of the school for a 
number of years previous to 1849, when he resigned. From 
this date John V. Bean opened a Female Seminary in the 
Academy building, which continued for several years. At 
the close of this school, however, there was more or less 
interruption until 1880 when it was reorganized under the 
charge of Joseph H. Dunbar, who taught the Academy for 
four years with much success. 

When the school was reorganized in 1880 the Academy 
was thoroughly repaired at an expense of about one thousand 
dojlars. The philosophical and chemical apparatus was en- 
larged at the same time, and since, and the school is now 
well equipped for furnishing a complete Academic education 
in English and classical studies. There are also Encyclo- 
psedias and other needed books of reference. 

The present principal is D. Otis Bean, a graduate of 
Dartmouth College, and the school is in a prosperous con- 
dition. It has been an active force in the educational appli- 
ances of the Town and surrounding country, and offers to 
all who are seeking an education excellent facilities at 
reasonable cost. It pays special attention to fitting the 
young for college, and has regular classes organized for that 
purpose. The school has a long and honorable history, and 
is worthy of the patronage not only of Town, but of a wide 


region of territory which is poorly provided with higher 
schools of learning. All that is necessary to give it a still 
wider usefulness, and place it upon a par with the foremost 
schools of the land, is an ample endowment. No spot in 
New England has so many facilities and advantages of pure 
air, healthfulness of location, cleanliness of population, and 
safe social, and moral surroundings as the village of 
Haverhill in which the Academy is situated. 



Religion and the founders— Early vote to call Rev. Peter Powers— Salary— Tempo- 
rary preaching- rirst meetings at Newbury, Vt.— Parsonage Lot— Extent of 
Parish— Minister paid by Town— Protest— Certain Persons excused— Meeting 
House— Meetings in Houses and Barns— Union Meeting House in Newbury 
—Coming of Mr. Powers— People worshipped part of time in Newbury— Cross- 
ing river— Mr. Powers' Parish— Town divided into two Parishes — Propagating 
the Gospel — Church organizations — First Congregational Church — Pastors : 
Ethan Smith, John Smith, Grant Powers, Henry Wood, Joseph Gibbs, Archi- 
bald Fleming, Samuel Delano, Moses C. Searle, Edward H. Greeley, .John D. 
Emerson, John Q. Bittinger, Eugene W. Stoddard— Methodist Episcopal 
Church: North Haverhill, Corner, East Haverhill— Baptist Church, North 
Haverhill— Free Will Baptist Church— Uiiion Church— Advent Church— Protes- 
tant Episcopal Church, Woodsville — Methodist Episcopal Church, Woodsville. 

Our fathers being strongly impressed with the importance 
of religion took steps early with reference to their needs in 
this respect. In 1765, at a special town meeting, it was 
voted to ' ' join with Newbury to give Mr. Peter Powers a 
call as their Gospel minister." Haverhill's part of the 
salary was " £35, Gs., — d., and one-third part of Mr. 
Powers' installment." In addition to this sum of money 
Mr. Powers was to have " thirty cords of wood at his door, 
cut and corded, a year." These were the days of immense 
fire-places and large chimneys which consumed such generous 
quantities of wood. 

This was. the first vote of money by the Town. The com- 
mittee chosen to carry out this vote were Timothy Bedel, 
John Taplin, and EHsha Lock, who were also directed to 
ask the co-operation of the Proprietors in what they were 
pleased to call ' ' this aiFair." It would seem from the Town 
records of Newbury that each town was to be a separate 
parish, and afterwards Mr. Powers claimed that he was 
" installed pastor of Haverhill equally as of Newbury." 

But previous to this, as early as 1763, at a Proprietors' 
meeting a vote was passed that' ' ' the Proprietors of Haver- 
hill join with the Proprietors of Newbury in paying for 


preaching for two months this fall ;" and again in the follow- 
ing year the Proprietors voted to join Newbury in " having 
preaching for six months next ensuing." It was stipulated 
that the preaching was to be at Newbury. The meeting at 
which this vote was taken was the last meeting of the Pro- 
prietors that was held away from the settlement. Afterwards 
they met at Haverhill. The first of these meetings con- 
vened at the house of Capt. John Hazen, where in the early 
days of the Town the pioneers were wont to gather, and 
devise ways and means for the government and progress of 
the settlement. At this meeting in Haverhill the first article 
acted on was that ' ' two hundred acres of land be laid out as 
a parsonage [lot] for this parish, next to the river." This lot 
was at Horse meadow north of the Hazen farm. In early 
times in New England the parish extended over the whole 
Town, and it was customary for each town to set apart a 
ministerial right or lot of land for the first settled pastor. 

In colonial times under a statute enacted in Queen Ann's 
reign, towns were empowered to hire and settle ministers, 
and pay them a stipulated salary from the public treasury. 
Each town could employ a minister of such persuasion as it 
chose, and every taxable citizen was compelled to contribute 
toward his support, unless he could prove that he belonged 
to a different persuasion and regularly attended worship on 
the Sabbath ; and this condition of things continued prac- 
tically until the toleration act was passed in 1807, notwith- 
standing the bill of rights declared " that no person of any 
one particular sect or denomination shall ever be compelled to 
pay toward the support of the teacher or teaching of another 
persuasion, sect, or denomination." The established church 
of the early history of the Town was the Congregational 
church, and all persons were taxed for the support of it. 

As already noted the Town voted in 1765 to unite with 
Newbury in giving Mr. Powers a call, and appropriated 
money for his support. Against this method of providing 


for the gospel there was at first no opposition, at least it did 
not manifest itself in public ; but as diversity- of religious 
sentiment grew more marked, and religious sects began 
to multiply, an uneasy spirit gained possession .of 
many minds and made itself heard in public protest against 
what was considered a hardship and an injustice. This 
spirit was embodied in a notice which was served upon the 
Town in 1805 and was in these words : " We are not of 
the same sect or denomination on matters of religion with 
Mr. Smith, the minister of the Town. We do not attend 
on his ministry or meeting, nor do we consider our polls or 
estates liable to be taxed or to pay any part of his salary." 
This notice was signed by sixteen persons. 

In the previous year Moses Dow protested in town meet- 
ing against the payment of the minister's salary from the 
public treasury. Other persons about this period, — showing 
that the toleration act of 1807 was the outgrowth of a general 
protest against the support of religion by taxation, — were 
excused from paying minister's taxes in Haverhill, on the 
ground that they belonged to other denominations and 
contributed . for the support of the gospel in them. One 
Thomas Nichols was thus excused because he was " senti- 
mentally a Baptist." 

There was no nieeting house in Haverhill for some time 
after the advent of the pioneer settlers, and the matter of 
building a place of public worship was first put into the 
warrant in 1769. The size of this building, according to 
a vote of the following year, was to be forty by fifty feet, 
and it was ordered to be built within a year. But this 
vote was not fulfilled, at least the building was not com- 
pleted, and the size was afterwards voted to be changed 
from the above dimensions to that of thirty by thirty-six 
feet. This house was at Horse meadow and was afterwards 
enlarged. Jt was taken down in 1882 and converted into 
a barn by Lafayette Morse. 


However, as early as 1767, the Town voted to join 
Newbury in building a meeting house in the center of that 
Town on the road next to the river, and the house erected 
at that point was long used by the people on both sides of 
the river for public worship. At first, meetings were held 
in private houses or in barns. Even as late as 1776 meet- 
ings were held in barns on the Haverhill side, for in that 
year the Town " voted to pay Rev. Peter Powers £37, 10s., 
provided he preached one-half the time in Haverhill, and 
to meet the first six months in Mr. Kay's lower barn." It 
would seem from this vote that at that date the meetings 
on the Haverhill side were held half the time at the south 

Rev. Peter Powers came to the New Settlement in 1764 
to look after the religious interests of the inhabitants. The 
settlers of Haverhill attended phurch in Newbury part of 
the time, and continued so until the organization of the 
First Church of Haverhill in 1790. Those at the south end 
of the Town crossed the river near where the middle bridge 
now stands, — a path from Judge Woodward's led down to 
the ferry which in the earliest days was a log canoe, — and 
after crossing they followed a path along the west bank to 
the meeting house at the Great Ox Bow. Those living at 
the Plain or North Haverhill crossed the river at the Dow 
farm and at the Porter place. Jn those days everybody 
attended church, and it was deenied disreputable without 
valid excuse to be absent from worship on the Sabbath. 
Some of the inhabitants had to go five miles o.r more. Often 
parents were seen carrying their children in their arms the 
entire distance going and coming. The church was plain 
and without the comforts of modern sanctuaries. The 
people sat on rude benches, joining reverently in long 
prayers, and listening, patiently to still longer sermons, and 
at the close of the service they walked back to their homes. 

The church at the Great Ox Bow wag fOr some years . the 


oilly church north of Charlestown, and Mr^ Powers was 
frequently called upon to officiate at funerals and at weddings 
up and down the river, going as far south as Hanover, and 
north to Wells River. These journeyings were at first per- 
formed in a canoe. 

Grant Powers tells a story in connection with bringing up 
Eev. Peter Powers' goods from No. 4, which illustrates the 
sort of discipline that prevailed in the church at that time. 
It was in early spring. -A person by the name of Way had 
charge of a sled, and at the mouth of the Pompanoosuc 
river the sled broke through the ice. Way, seeing the dan- 
ger he had escaped, exclaimed, "That is a cussed hole." 
Mr. Powers admonished his parishioner for this misdemeanor, 
but Way, being somewhat eccentric, held to his position, 
saying that he could prove what he said. "How so?" 
asked the minister. "Why, didn't God curse the earth, 
and do you suppose he excepted that little hole ? " 

In 1788 it was voted to divide the Town into two 
parishes, and the line was to run on the south side of the 
" Fisher farm," but this vote was not at once carried out, 
and by a subsequent order of the Town the vote was re- 
scinded. Some difficulty seems to have arisen, and a 
committee was appointed to settle all disputes between the 
two ends of the Town. It was not till 1815 that the Town 
by vote of the legislature was divided into two parishes, and 
Samuel Morey of Orford, Jonathan Merrill of Warren, 
and Samuel Hutchins of Bath, were appointed a committee 
to run the line. The second parish church was organized 
at Horse meadow after the organization of the church at 
Ladd street. 

By the charter of the Town one share was to be laid out 
" for the propagation of the gospel in foreign lands," but a 
record of 1773 informs us that the Proprietors refused to 
lay out the share. 




The First Congregational Church of Haverhill was organc 
ized Oct. 13, 1790, with an original membership of twenty- 
three. Previous to this members of the church in Haverhill 
were connected with the church at Newbury. The religious 
condition of the people of Haverhill was much depressed at 
the close of the Revolution, and continued so for some years 
after, when a powerful religious interest was awakened, out 
of which grew the organization of the First Church. The 
first church building was on Ladd street, and was occupied 
about forty years, when the present brick church was bought 
from the Methodists in 1830. 



In 1792 the church called Ethan Smith to be its pastor, — 
born in Belchertown, Mass., in 1762, and a graduate from 
Dartmouth College in 1798, — and he was ordained and 
installed, 1792, over the infant church, remaining till 1799. 
For some reason he was not settled by the Town. He was 
afterwards pastor of the church in Hopkinton, Hebron, N. 
Y., Poultney, Vt., and Haverhill, Mass., and ended his 
ministerial career as city missionary in Boston. He died at 
the age of 87, and during his life he was highly esteemed as 
a man and as a minister, and was unquestionably a person 
of strong mind and character. When he left Hopkinton 
where he was pastor for many years, the whole town turned 
out and escorted him several miles on his way. He was an 
early advocate of temperance, and a friend of the slave, and 
was progressive in all his thoughts and purposes. Daniel 
Webster, who knew him well, — their wives being intimate 
friends, -^regarded him as one of the ablest and most godly 
men in New England. Mr. Smith was an author, publish- 


ing works on the Prophecies and on Revelation, also an 
ingenious b'ook maintaining that the North Artierican Indians 
were the lost tribes of Israel, a work ,on Baptism, and a 
hand-book on the Trinity. All these had wide sale in their 
day. ^ 

• He married Bathsheba, daughter of Rev. David Sanford 
ofMedway, Mass., an uncle of Mrs. Alden Sprague 
of Haverhill. They had ten children. The sons were 
born in Haverhill, and attained distinction, (see Chap. 
XIX). The daughters were bom in Hopkinton. Grace 
Fletcher and Sarah Towne became, one the first -and the 
other the second wife of Rev. J. H. Martyn, a well-known 
minister in New York City. Sarah Towne was a gifted 
writer, and was elected one of the earliest principals of the 
female department of Oberlin College. She wrote " Women 
of the Bible." Harrjiet married Rev. William H. Sanford, 
and Ellen Chase was the first wife of Hon. C. B. Sedgwick, 
a member of congress from Syracuse, N. Y., during the 
War of the Rebellion. Mrs. Sanford of Worcester, 
Mass., is the only child of Mr. Smith now living. 


Was settled by the Town in 1802 and was dismissed and 
deposed in 1807. He afterwards continued to live in Haver- 
hill, and pursued farming. Two of his sons, it is said, were 
graduates of Dartmouth College. 


Was born in Hollis in 1784, fitted for college at Phillips 
Academy, Andover, Mass., graduated from Dartmouth Col- 
lege in 1810, studied theology with Rev. Asa Burton, D.D., 
of Thetford, Vt., and was ordained and settled as pastor 
over the church in Haverhill in 1815, where he remained till 
1829.- Afterwards he became the pastor of the Congrega- 
tional church, Goshen, Ct., dying there in 1841. He was 
a successful minister, a man of strong mind, and left his 


impress on the Town. He wrote the " History of the Coos 

His wife's maiden name was Eliza Howard Hopkins, and 
they had eight children. Of these Elizabeth Abbott, Mary 
Webster, Henrietta Mumford, and George Carrington (see 
Chap. XIX). Mrs. Powers died recently in Washington, 
and was very active during the Rebellion in ministering to 
sick and wounded soldiers. In Mr. Powers' day Methodists 
were regarded by Calvinists as not orthodox, and Mr. 
Powers, it is said, got into a contro\-er8y with Bryan Moise. 
Both men were somewhat pugilistic in their opinions. 


Was born in Loudon in 1806, and was one of eight children 
of Eliphalet and Elizabeth (Tilton) Wood. His father was 
from Boxford, Mass., and his mother from Chester. The 
Wood family came from the Isle of Wight early in colonial 
times, and within thirty years after the arrival of the May- 
flower records of death are found in Boxford, Mass. His 
grandfather was at Bunker Hill and saw Warren fall ; Bur- 
goyne surrender ; with Arnold at Quebec ; at Trenton , 
Princeton, Valley Forge ; saw Andre hung, and was one of 
Washington's life-guards. 

Mr. Wood's early education was in the common school, 
at Gilmanton Academy, and in a printing office in Concord. 
Then fitting for college at Meriden he entered Dartmouth 
College, working his way by teaching, and graduated in 
1822, being valedictorian of his class. He was a good 
linguist, and had mastered during life seventeen languages 
which he read with fluency. Choate and Marsh were con- 
temporaries with him in college. After graduation he 
remained one year as tutor in the college and then studied 
theology at Princeton Seminary. He was subsequently for 
two years tutor and for a like time professor of Latin and 
Greek in Hampton-Sydney College, Va. Before coming to 
Haverhill in 1835 he was settled at Goflstown, and after 


leaving Haverhill he became pastor of the college church, 
Hanover. For a time he edited the Congregational Journal 
at Concord, then in 1853 was appointed by President Pierce 
consul at Beirut, and afterwards was a chaplain in the navy 
till his deathin 1873 in Philadelphia. Whilst in China and 
Japan he became much interested in missionary work. 

He married Harriet Frances McGaw of Bedfoi'd, and of 
eight children the eldest daughter, Ellen, became the wife of 
Capt. Thornton who commanded the Kearsarge when that 
vessel sank the rebel cruiser Alabama. The eldest son was 
at one time literary editor on the Philadelphia North Ameri- 
can, and now lives in Washington. A younger daughter 
married Prof. A. S. Hardy of Dartmouth College. Mr. 
Wood was a man of ability and much independence of 
thought. He received the honorary degree of Doctor of 
Divinity from Hampton-Sidney College in 1867. 


Was installed over the church in 1835. He was a Scotch- 
man and educated in London. His ministry, on account of 
ill health, was brief, dying within two years after it began. 
He was a man of much promise. 


Archibald Fleming settled in 1838, dismissed in 1841. 
He was also a Scotchman. It was in Mr. Fleming's pastorate 
that the anti-slavery feeling came into the church. 


Became pastor of the church in 1842. He was a man of 
imperious will, much vigor of mind, and quite eccentric. 
Being remonstrated with by one of the sisters of the church 
on this account, he replied in characteristic style : "I must 
be Sam Delano or nobody." He was a graduate of Dart- 
mouth College in 1823, and a trustee of that institution for 
thirty-two years. He died in 1877 aged 82. Mr. Delano 
after dismission from Haverhill was acting pastor of the 


Second Church for a time, and then went to Hartland, and 
afterwards to Straiford, Vt. 


Mr. Searle was acting pastor from 1847 to 1849. 


Son of Edward and Hannah (Eaton) Greeley, was born in 
Hopkinton in 1817. He fitted for college at Kimball Union 
Academy, and graduated from. Dartmouth College in 1845. 
For one year after leaving college he was principal of Atkin- 
son Academy, and then went to Andover Seminary, from 
which he graduated in 1849. The same year he was 
ordained pastor of the church at Ha^'erhill. ^ After remain- 
ing nine years he was called to the Pearl Street Church, 
Xashua, then to Methuen, !Mass., and afterwards, 1868, he 
returned to Haverhill.^ In 1874 he was elected secretary of 
the Xew Hampshire Home Missionary Society, which posi- 
tion he now holds. i 

He married first Jane Jewett Richards of Rowley, Mass., 
who lived only two years after marriage, then Louisa Maria 
Ware of Needham, Mass. They have four children living, 
three sons and one daughter. The sons are graduates of 
Dartmouth College, and the daughter of Andover, ^Mass., 
Female Academy. 

]\Ir. Greeley is a man of excellent judgment, of decided 
ability, and takes large views of things. He has filled the 
position of secretary of the New Hampshire Home ^lission- 
ary Society with distinguished faithfulness and success. He 
received the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity from his 
Alma Mater in 1884. 


AYas born in Candia in 1828, educated in common schools 
and at Pembroke Academy, and graduated in 1853 from 
Dartmouth College. For two years he was principal of 
Pembroke Academy and then studied theology at Andover, 


Mass. In 1858 he was settled over the church at Haverhill, 
remaining till 1868, when he became pastor of the Second 
Church, Biddeford, Me. Afterwards he was pastor of. the 
church at Underbill, Vt., and also taught in the Academy 
at that place, and since 1883 he has been pastor of the 
South and North Churches, Kennebunkport, Me. 

]Mr. Emerson married first, Sarah Jane Dudley of Candia, 
and their only child Edward D. is a graduate of Dartmouth 
College ; second, Mrs. Elizabeth French Bell of Chelsea, 
]Mass., and a son, Stephen Goodhue, is a graduate of Dart- 
mouth College and a student now at Oberlin Seniinary ; 
third, Leha Florence Kendall of Biddeford, Me., and by 
this marriage there were four children. 

Mr. Emerson has written much, and published a number 
of discourses and memorial addresses, of which " History of 
York Conference," " Memorial of the Pilgrims," "History 
of Second Church," Biddeford, Me., "Ideal in Character," 
are amongst the more important. His style is graceful and 
original at times, and full of imagination and poetry. 


Is the eighth child of Joseph and Lydia (Bair) Bittinger, 
born in 1831 in Berwick township, Adams county, Penn., 
early education in common schools and printing ofiice, began 
to fit for college at Oxford Institute, Adams county, Penn., 
two years at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., graduated 
from Dartmouth College and from Andover Seminary. Set- 
tled at Yarmouth, Me., St. Albans, Vt., where health failed, 
one year supplied Broadway Church, Norwich, Conn., five 
years at Hartland, Vt., twelve years at Haverhill, resigning 
January, 1886, and editor of New Hampshire Journal two 
years and a half, resigning February, 1888. 

Mr. Bittinger has written much for the secular and relig- 
ious press, and has published " Address on Ephraim Jewett 
Hardy," a classmate senior year in college ; " Cairnes' Slave 
Power," North American Eeview ; " Christian Miracles and 


Physical Science," Presbyterian and Theological Review; 
"Preaching and Architecture," Congregational Review; 
*' Address on Benjamin H. Steele," a judge of the Vermont 
Supreme Court ; " Address on Elias Bates;" "Centennial 
Discourse ;" " History of Haverhill." 

Married Sarah Jones Wainwright of Hanover, and of 
their children three sons and one daughter are living, two 
sons being educated at Haverhill Academy and Dartmouth 


Was born in Milford, Mass., in 1860, the son of Lorenzo 
and Jane (Fisher) Stoddard. Was educated in the common 
and high schools of Milford, graduated from Amherst College 
in 1882, and from Andover . Seminary in 1886. He was 
ordained and installed in 1886. His wife's maiden name 
was Lillie A. Mitchell, and they have one child. 


Methodism was introduced into north-western New Hamp- 
shire about 1800, at which time the Landaff circuit which 
included Haverhill was organized. The new doctrine spread 
rapidly. One of the first to preach it was "a Haverhill boy, 
Laban Clark, born in 1778, but in his infancy his family 
moved to Bradford, Vt., when young Clark about the age 
of twenty, being dissatisfied with the ways of Calvinism, 
, became interested in the "New Departure," of those days. 
A year later, 1800, whilst on a visit to Wentworth, he went 
with a local preacher, John Langdon, on a preaching tour, 
making two appointments in LandafF. Clark afterwards 
became very prominent as a Methodist preacher in the de- 
nomination and held many leading positions, including New 
York, Troy, Hartford, and New Haven. 

The exact time when Methodist preaching first commenced 
in North Haverhill cannot now be ascertained. The old 
LandafF circuit originally embraced the Town of Haverhill, 


and probably Methodist preaching began in the Town as 
early as 1800. 

In the old minutes we find some historic names connected 
with LandafF circuit, such as Elijah Sabin, Martin Ruter, 
Asa Kent, John W. Hardy, Jacob Sanborn, Lewis Bates, 
Samuel Kelley, Abram D. Merrill and Benj. K. Hoyt. 
These men were among the pioneers of Methodism in New 
Hampshire, and probably the foundation of the Methodist 
church in North Haverhill was laid by them. 

The oldest 'accessible records of church membership is that 
of 1836. In 1842 at a camp-meeting held in Landaff under 
the superintendence of Rev. Chas. D. Cahoun, Presiding 
Elder of Haverhill District, a great revival began, which 
spread all over Landaff circuit: There were many additions- 
to the M. E. Church at North Haverhill. Up to this time, 
the Methodists had no house of worship at North Haverhill, 
but meetings were held in the Congregational Church at 
Horse meadow. This great revival so increased their 
strength, that they resolved to build a house of worship. 
Eber Eastman, Newhall Pike and James Glynn, were choseu 
a building committee. This house of worship was erected 
in 1843, on the site now occupied by the M. E. Church. In 
1865 it was destroyed by fire. 

It was rebuilt in 1866. John W. Jackson, Hubert East- 
man, N. P. Rideout, James Glynrij Jefferson Pennock were 
the building committee. Both houses were dedicated by 
Eev. Elisha Adams, a former pastor. A year or two later, 
a fine parsonage property was added, located beside the 

This church has not been without its trials and reverses, 
meeting with many losses by death and removals ; yet it has 
exerted a great influence for good .in this part of the Town. 
It has enjoyed the services of sonie eminent men, who have 
filled the pulpits of our largest churches. Among the 
preachers stationed at North Haverhill the following have 


iilled the office of Presiding Elder, viz. : Benj. R. Hoyt, 
Reuben Dearborn, Newell Culver, Chas. R. Harding, John 
Currier, Silas Quimby, Elisha Adams, Chas. U. Dunning, 
M. T. Cilley. 

The following are the appointments of the Haverhill cir- 
cuit, which included North Plaverhill, from 1830 to 1845 : 

1830, Caleb Dustin, William Peck, 

1831, Caleb Dustin, Chas. R. Harding, Jas. W. Mowry, 

1832, N. W. Aspinwall, C. R. Harding, S. A. Cushing, 

1833, Caleb Lamb, Daniel I. Robinson, , 

1834, D. I. Robinson, C. Granger, 

1835, M. G. Cass, R. Dearborn, 
183(3, J. Gould, D. Blodgett, 

1837, S. Quimby, J. Gould, 

1838, S. Quimby, J. Dow, 

1839, E. B.: Fletcher, W. Johnson, 

1840, D. Wilcox, E. B. Morgan,' 

1841, Geo. W. Stearns, C. W. Lovering, Elisha Brown, 

1842, E. Adams, J. W. Wheeler, 

1843, E. Adams, J. W. Wheeler, T. P. Brigham, 

1844, D. Lee, HI. H. Hartwell. 

Appointments at North Haverhill : 

1845, H. H. Hartwell, 1860-1, Silas Quimby, 

1846, Newell Culver, 1862-3, Geo. S. Noyes, 

1847, Benj. R. Hoyt, 1864-5, L. W. Prescott, 
1848-9, Kimball Hadley, 1866-7, S. P. Heath, 

1850, Charles H. Lovejoy, 1868-9, H. A. Matteson, 

1851, D. W. Barber, " 1870-1, W. C. Robinson, 

1852, Richard Newhall, 1872-3-4, John Currier, 

1853, O. H. Call, 1875-6, Joseph Hayes, 

1854, Nelson Martin, 1877-8, J. H. Knott, 

1855, A. C. Dutton, 1879, I.J. Tebbetts, 
1856-7, C. U. Dunning, 1880-1, James Cairns, 
1858-9, A. K. Howard, 1882. S. P. Heath, 


1883-4-5, J. H. Brown, 1887, M. T. Cilley. ' 
1886, J. H. Hillman, 


The date of the organization of the Methodist EiDiscopal 
Church at the Corner is not certainly known, but is supposed 
to be the year 1822, when the Eev. Mr. Bliss labored there. 
Amongst the earlier prominent members of the church were 
Ex. -Gov. John Page, George Woodward, the lawyer, Jona- 
than St. Clair, Samuel Smith, William Ladd, Abba Swift 
and C. B. M. Woodward. In 1828 the Methodists built the 
Brick church, but soon after sold it to the Congregationalists, 
and later, in 1836, they erected the present church edifice, 
the ground on which it stands being given by Gov. Page. 
It is a neat wood structure, and answers well the wants of 
the congregation. The present membership of the church is 
fifty-four, and a flourishing Sabbath school of one hundred 
is connected with it. A parsonage has recently been added 
to the church property. It also owns a cottage at the Weirs. 

The following are the names of the pastors from its organ- 
ization to the present time : 

1826, Haverhill and Orford, Ebenezer Ireson, Xathan 


1827, Haverhill, E. Ireson, Moses Merrill, 

1828, " E. Wells, John J. Bliss, 

1829, " Schuyler Chamberlin, 

1830, Orford and Haverhill, Caleb Dustin, Wm. Peck, 

1831, Haverhill and Orford, Caleb Dustin, C. R. Hareling, 

Jas. W. Mowry, 

1832, Orford and Haverhill, N. W. Aspinwall, C. E. 

Hareling, Samuel A. Cushing, 

1833, Haverhill, C. Lamb, D. I. Robinson, 

1834, " D. I. Robinson, C. Granger, 

1835, " M. G. Cass, R. Dearborn, 


1836, Haverhill, J. Gould, L. D. Blodgett, 

1837, " S. Quimby, J. Gould, 

1838, Haverhill and East Haverhill, S. Quimby, J. Dow, 

1839, " " E. B. Fletcher, J. 
W. Johnson, 

1840, Haverhill, D. Wilcox, 

1841, Haverhill and East Haverhill, Geo. W. Stearns, 

Chester W. Lovings, Elisha Brown, 

1842, Haverhill and East Haverhill, E. Adams, J. W. 

Wheeler, T. B. Bingham, 

1843, Haverhill, E. Adams, 

1844, Haverhill and East Haverhill, R. H. Spaulding, D. 

Lee, H. Hartwell, 

1845, Haverhill, East Haverhill, North Haverhill, Wm. 

Hewes, G. W. H. Clark, H. H. Hartwell, 

1846, Haverhill, Piermont and Orford, Wm. Hewes, 

Geo. S. Dearborn, 

1847, Haverhill, Mission and Piermont, Lewis Howard, 

1848, Haverhill, Mission and North Haverhill, Kimball 


1849, To be supplied, 

1850, Haverhill and North Haverhill, Chas. H. Lovejoy, 

1851, Haverhill and Piermont, to be supplied, 
1852-3, Haverhill, Piermont and North Haverhill, R. 


1854, Haverhill, East Haverhill and Piermont, A. C. 


1855, One to be supplied, 
1856-7, Not mentioned. 

From 1858 to the present time, Haverhill had pastors 
alone, with the exception of one year, 1878, when Piermont 
was united with Haverhill. 

1858, Chas. U. Dunning, 1860, Geo. C. Thomas, 

1859, Probably " 1861-2-3, Chas. H. Chase, 



1864, Richard Harcourt, 
1865-6-7, J. M. Bean, 

1868, John Gowan, 

1869, H. S. Ward, 
1870-1, H. A. Matteson, 
1872-3, J. Hooper, 
1874, J. Hayes, 

1875-6, J. T. Davis, 
1877, T. Winsor, 
1878-9-80, G. N. Byrant, 

1881, C. E. Eogers, 

1882, A. C. Hardy, 
1883-4, Wm. Eamsden, 
1885-6-7, J. H. Trow. 


A Methodist society was organized at East Haverhill in 
December, 1833, by Henry Noyes, Moses Mead, Caleb 
Morse and Roswell Elliot. Long, however, before this time 
there was Methodist preaching in this part of the Town, the 
meetings being held in barns and houses. A church edifice 
was built in 1834, and has been remodelled several times 
since. The ground was given by Isaac Pike. There is also 
a neat parsonage near the church. 

The following are the names of ministers who preached at 
East Haverhill previous to 1838, some of whom were local 
preachers, others were on the circuit : 

Elder Britten, 
Charles Baker, 
Elder Emory, 
Caleb Lamb, 
Caleb Dustin, 
Newell Culver, 
Moses Cass, 
Reuben Dearborn, 
J. W. Mowry, 
Joseph Peck, 
Daniel Robinson, 
J. Gould, 

Samuel A. Gushing, 
C. W. Lovings, 

D. W. Barker, 
W. Hemenway, 
J. N. Moffett, 
Daniel Wise, 
W. B. Leighton, 
J. English, 
Charles Harding, 
C. Granger, 
Elder Smith, 
N. W. Aspinwall, 
Bryan Morse, 
Brazzilia Pierce, 
Moses Merrill, 
Elder Savage 



From 1838 the church had 

S. Quimby, 
J. Dow, 
E. P. Fletcher, 
J. W. Johnson, 
E. P. Morgan, 
Elisha Brown, 
Charles Lovejoy, 
J. W. Wheeler, 
T. P. Brigham, 
George V\\ Stevens, 
D. Lee, 

H. H. Hartwell, 
G. W. H. Clark, 
C. L. McCurdy, 
Benj. R. Hoyt, 
George W. Bryant, 

This church and society is 
and has just raised $1,000 for 
cottage at the Weirs. 

pastors as follows : 

Kimball Hadley, 

Charles H. Lovejoy, 

John M. Blake, 

Richard Newhall, 

Orick W. AVatkins, 

Calvin F. Bailey, 

Charles H. Chase, 

H. jNIontgomery, 

A. B. Russell. 

Josiah Hooper, 

A. ^y. Brown, 

I. J. Tebbetts, 

C. W. Dockrill, 

L. W. Prescott, 

C. E. Rogers, 

^y. A. Loyne. 

now in a prosperous condition 

a vestry. It also o«ns a neat 


A Baptist Society was organized at Xorth Haverhill, Dec. 
22, 1836, composed of Oliver Davidson, Asa Thing, Elijah 
Blood, George Warren, Joshua Blaisdell, Jacob Morse, Asa 
Baron, Aaron P. Glazier, Daniel Carr, Jr., George W. 
Bisbee, Zebulon Cory and Clark Baron. The following- 
year the society built a brick church costing $1,533.87, 
which is still standing. The first minister was Rev. D. 
Burroughs, and from the society's records it does not appear 
that it had any other, and the organization does not seem to 
have existed long, as February, 1846 is the last entry in the 
record of the society. Incidentally we learn that Oliver 
Davidson and Daniel Carr, Jr., were deacons in the church. 



A church of this order was organized in the eastern part 
of the Town in 1831. There was a religious meeting held 
in June of that year in the barn of Josiah JefFers, and a 
number of persons being baptized, a church was organized 
on the occasion. Elder George W. Cogswell preached to 
this church part of the time for a number of years, and then 
Abel Wheeler, a member of the church, was ordained and 
became pastor. But previous to 1831 there was occasional 
Free Will Baptist preaching by itinerants, the earliest being 
Elder John Colby, a noted Evangelist, and in ] 820 Elder 
John Davis of East Haverhill preached there and in adjoin- 
ing towns. In 1842 there was a great awakening in the 
church, and the preachers after that time were Stedman Cuni- 
mings, Almon Shepard, Warren Stafford, L. D. JefFers and 
J. D. Cross. There is now no Free Will Baptist organiza- 


The meeting house at the center was called the " Xorth 
Haverhill Union Meeting House," and was built in the sum- 
mer of 1836. There does not appear to have been any 
church organization connected with it. Religious services 
have been held more or less frequently by Methodists and 
Adventists, and at the present time there is a Sabbath school 
gathered there. 


The Advent church at the Brook was built in 1875 and 
was occupied regularly for religious purposes for a year or 
two. Since 1880 no religious meetings have been held there, 
and the house was afterwards sold. It is now the creamery 
building. There was no church organization. 



St. Luke's Protestant Episcopal Church was organized in 
1876 by Et. Rev. Bishop Niles of the Diocese of New 
Hampshire. The first rector was Eev. W. B. T. Smith. 
For several years services were held in the school hall, but in 
1879 steps were taken to build a church, and the sum of 
$1,876.00 being raised, a handsome wood structure was 
erected in 1881, with a seaiting capacity of two hundred 
twenty-five persons. The entire church property is valued 
at $7,900. The society has thirty-five communicants and a 
Sabbath school of fifty-three. Rev. H. A. Remick is the 
present rector. 


This church was organized in May, 1885, by Rev. George 
W. Norris, Presiding Elder, and Rev. A. Twichell, with a 
membership of seventeen persons. In 1886 the society 
built a beautiful church edifice at a cost of $2,500 and a 
seating capacity of three hundred. Although the church is 
still small in numbers, it has a flourishing Sabbath school 
of nearly one hundred. The present pastor is Rev. A. 



Her honorable position and officers of highest rank— List of Haverhill Soldiers In 
the several Wars— War of the Bevolutlon— War of 1812— Mexican War— War of 
the Bebellion — Second Regiment— Fourth Regiment— Sixth Regiment— Ninth 
Regiment — Eleventh Regiment— Fifteenth Regiment— Eighteenth Regiment — 
First Regiment Heavy Artillery — First Cavalry. 

Haverhill has an honorable place in all the wars in which 
the country has been engaged. In the War of the Revolu- 
tion and in the War of the Rebellion she has a conspicuous 
place and contributed her full share of soldiers. Gen. John 
Montgomery and Gen. Moody Bedel were her officers of 
highest rank and served in the War of 1812. In the Revolu- 
tion she contributed Col. Timothy Bedel, a brave and accom- 
plished officer, and Col. Charles Johnston, one of the heroes 
of the battle of Bennington. In the War of the Rebellion, 
though she had no office of high rank, she was bravely rep- 
resented in minor positions and her sons were in the fore- 
front of the storm and hail of battle. Their names, as far 
as can be ascertained, are recorded in this chapter and should 
be inscribed as suggested on a former page, in more worthy 
and lasting form. 


The following are the names of soldiers who enlisted from 
Haverhill in the several wars as accurately as can be ascer- 
tained : 


Timothy Bedel, Captain. 
Nathaniel Wales, Second Lieutenant. 
Joseph Fifield, Corporal. 
Joseph Springer, John Sandburn, 



John Tayler, 
George Moors, 
John Lovering, 
James Ladd, 
Joseph Hadley, 
John Haselton, 
Thomas Caprien, 
Timothy Curtiss, 
John Dodge, 
Thomas Simpson, 

Joseph Moulton, 
David Ladd, 
Ebenezer Sanborn, 
Mark Sanborn, 
Joseph Sawyer, 
John Rine, 
William Haseltine, 
John Tayler, 
Thomas Simpson, Jr. 

Charles Johnston, Colonel. 
Timothy Bedel, Colonel. 
Thomas Simpson, Captain. 
Nathaniel Wales, Second Lieutenant. 
Jacob Kent, Coi^oral. 
Jonathan Sanders, Sergeant. 
George Moors, Sergeant. 

Samuel Allen, 
Josiah Elkins, 
Isaac Stevens, 
Thomas Manchester, 
John Fifield, 
Joseph Fifield, 
David Ladd, 
John Hodgdon, 
Joseph Hadley, 
Jesse Heath, 
Asa Bailey, 
William Abbott, 
John Sanborn, 
Richard Sanborn, 
Benaiah Hall, 
Zebulon Hunt, 

James Adams, 
Amos Heath, 
Mark Sanborn, 
Moses Duty, 
Joseph Sawyer, 
Joshua Burnam, 
Henry INIorgan, 
Henry Palmer, 
Perley Rogers, 
Ebenezer Rice, 
Ephraim Wesson, 
Samuel Lang, 
Alexander Hogg, 
Soloman Parker, 
William Minor, 
Joshua Hay ward. 



John "White, First Lieutenant. 

Thomas Simpson, Second Lieutenant. 

Jonathan Sanders, Sergeant, 

George IMoors, Sergeant. 
Joseph Fifield, John Lovering, 
David Ladd, Daniel Stevens, 
John Hodgdon, Avery Sanders, 
Joseph Hadley, Perley Rogers, 
Jesse Heath, Hezekiah Fuller, 
Moses Duty, Henry Springer, 
John Taylor, Timothy Curtiss, 
Foster, John Bishop, 

Joshua Burnam, Gains ISiles, 

Silas Wheeler, Antonia Foster, 

Henry Palmer, Robert Simpson. 

Officers and soldiers from 1778 to 1782, but in what year 
each one served, cannot in every case be exactly determined : 

Timothy Bedel, Colonel. 

"William Tarleton, Captain. 

Simeon Stevens, Captain. 

Luther Richardson, Captain. 

Timothy Barron, Captain. 

Ezekiel Ladd, Captain. 

James Ladd, Lieutenant. 

George Moor, Lieutenant, 

Luther Richardson, Lieutenant. 
William Locke, Michael Satter, Drum, 

Avery Sanders, Jonathan Piatt, Fife, 

Elisha Lock, Elisha Brown, 

"Will Lock, Edward Clark, 

Caleb Young, * Ezra Gates, 

David Ladd, Thomas Hazleton. 



William Cross, 
Andrew Martin, 
Jois [Gains] Niles, 
Avery Sanders, 
Elisha Lock, 
Frederick Zilgo, 
Jonathan Ladd, 
Joseph Young, 
Elisha Cleveland, 
Noah Moulton, 
Joseph Ladd, 
Asa Ladd, 
Keuben Page, 
Michael Johnston, 
John Page, 
Smith Williams, 
Joel Richardson, 
Hugh Barnett, 
Jonathan Pike, 
Daniel Stevens, Jr., 
Elisha Balcom, 
John Lovering, 
Amos Blood, 
William Green, 
Ezra Abbott, 
Caleb Young, 

Josiah Pratt, 
William Locke. 
Jonathan Pratt 
Elisha Brown, 
Thomas Hazelton, 
Jona,than Sanders, 
Joseph Fifield, 
John Hodgdon, 
David Ladd, 
Robert Bartley, 
John Brown, 
Josiah Elkins, 
Jonathan Cooper. 
Obadiah Eastman, 
William Eastman, 
Jonathan Eastman, 
James Eastman, 
John Hackett, 
James Gould, 
Stephen Morse, 
Moses Burns, 
Eleazer Danforth, 
Daniel Doty, 
Ebenezer Whittaker, 
Seth Flanders, 
Jonathan Morse, 

Michael Salter. 
Perhaps in justice to the Town, it ought to be noted that 
in addition to the above soldiers who volunteered durins: the 
Revolution, there were those who doubtless served with Col. 
Johnston in the 12th Regiment N. H. Militia at the battle 
of Bennington, as the 12th was made up of the militia 
forces from Haverhill, Piermont, Orford, Warren and Cov- 



WAR OF 1812. 

John Montgomery, Major General. 
Moody Bedel, Brig. General. 
George H, Montgomery, Aid-de-camp. 
John Page, Jr., Lieutenant. 
John McClary, Sergeant. 
William W. Bailey, Second Sergeant. 
Benjamin Swan, Quarter Sergeant. 
John Abbott, Drummer. 

Joshua H. Johnston, 
Jonas Flagg, 
Arad Ford, 
Levi Judd, 
Robert McKeon, 
John Stevens, 
Nathan Stevens, 
Samuel Woodbury, 
Jacob Alls, 
Timothy Goodwin, 
William Jones, 
Joseph Pratt, 
Daniel Perkins, 
Levi Stafford, 
Charles J. Swan, 

William Stevens, 
Ulysses Young, 
Freeman P. Brown, 
Samuel Smith, 
Amos H. Jones, 
Isaac Carleton, 
Elisha Hibbard, 
Jeremiah Goodwin, 
Uriah Ward, 
Ezekiel Day, 
William Stearns, 
Henry Towle, 
Ethan S. Ladd, 
James Woodward, 
E. P. Woodbury. 


Daniel Batchelder, Captain. 
Ezra T. Pike, Third Sergeant, 

Henry Albert, 
Kinsman Avery, 
John Boudle, 
John W. Brewer, 
George E. Barns, 
John F. Glynn, 
William Gould, Jr., 

Asa Randall, 
George W. Woods, 
Nelson B. Woodward, 
George Welch, 
James Williams, 
Albert Knapp, 
Charles Ladd, 


Joseph E. Little, William W. Welsh. 

Arthur L. Pike. 


Haverhill had soldiers in the following regiments during 
the War of the Rebellion : 


The first enlistment from Haverhill in the War of the 
Rebellion was in the Second Regiment. This regiment was 
commanded by Col. Gilman Marston till after the battle of 
Gettysburg, a brave and able officer. It was in the fore- 
front of danger and service for three years, and participated 
in twenty-seven battles and skirmishes, — Bull Run, Siege of 
Yorktown, Williamsburg, Skirmish at Fair Oaks, Savage 
Station, Peach Orchard, Glendale, First Malvern Hill, Sec- 
ond Malvern Hill, Bristow Station, Second Bull Run, Chan- 
tilly, Fredericksburg, in 1862 ; Skirmish at Manassas 
Gap, Gettysburg, Wapping Hights, in 1863 ; Swift's Creek, 
Drury's Bluff, First Cold Harbor, Second Cold Harbor, 
Siege of Petersburg, Fair Oaks, Skirmish at Proctor's 
Creek, Skirmish at Chesterfield, Skirmish at Darbytown, 
Skirmish at Spring Hill, in 1864. 

In the battle of Gettysburg three hundred and thirty-one 
officers and men went into the fight. The regiment lost two 
hundred and five men, and out of twenty-three officers, 
twenty-one were killed or wounded in that terrible contest. 

The following are the names of Haverhill men who en- 
listed in this Regiment : 

Lieutenant, Hiram K. Ladd, died at Haverhill, second enlist- 
ment, 18th Reg. 
Harry B. Casson, died in rebel prison, Andersonville, Ga., 
Samuel Woodward, wounded in action, 
William E. Bancroft, 
Curtis Hicks, wounded slightly, 


Wm. G. Wolcott, second enlistment, 1st Eeg. Heavy 

Jowell E. Hibbard, second enlistment, 13th Reg., 
V. B. Glazier, 
Samuel E. Merrill. / 


This regiment was mustered into the service in September^ 

1861, and was commanded .by Col. Thomas J. Whipple. 
Its first actual war service was at Port Royal, S- C, and in 
Florida. It was in the Battle of Pocotaligo Bridge, Oct. 22, 

1862, and lost twenty-seven in killed and wounded. After^ 
wards it was stationed for a time on Morris Island near 
Charleston. In 1864 the regiment was in the trenches in 
front of Petersburg, Va. It was engaged in the frequent 
skirmishes, and was in the charge on Fort Gilmore, a strong- 
earth-work on the lines of defence around Richmond, in 
which the loss was severe for the number engaged. Later 
in 1864 it was ordered to take part in the expedition against 
Fort Fisher, N. C, where it skirmished successfully with the 
enemy. Afterwards it returned to its old place before Eich- 
moud. No record is left of its subsequent movement, but 
doubtless it took part in the final struggle which caused the 
evacuation of the Confederate capital. 

The following are the Haverhill soldiers who enlisted in 
the Fourth Regiment : 
Lieutenant, Henry M. Hicks, 

" Eben Webbv )'^'i- i y 

First Lieutenant, Andrew Jackson Edgerly. 
Sergeant, Jonathan Clark. 
" John W. Bemis. 

Corporal, Dana Fifield. 
Corporal, James Wilson. 
Corporal, John T. Wolcott. 
Alfred T. Hardy, 


John D. McConnel, killed in action, Petersburg, Va., 

Jonus E, Haynes, 

Joseph Ranney, killed. in action, 

Daniel C. Randall, died in hospital. 


This regiment was recruited in 1861, and left for the seat 
•of war in December, under Col. Nelson Converse. It was 
under Gen. Burnside in N. C, and saw its first hard service 
at the Battle of Camden, and for distinguished bravery it 
was allowed to enscribe on its banner, "Camden, April 
19th, 1862." The regiment was afterwards in the follow- 
ing battles : — Second Bull Run, Chantilly, South Mountain, 
Antietam, Annisville, White Sulphur Springs, Fredericks- 
burg, Vicksburg, Jackson, 1862. It also participated in 
the campaign under Grant against Richmond, from the Bat- 
tle of the Wilderness till the close of the war, and was often 
in the thickest of the fight. This was one of the regiments 
that suffered so heavily at the explosion of the mine at 
Petersburg, July, 1864. 

The following are the names of those from Haverhill who 
unlisted in this regiment : 

Captain, Samuel P. Adams, died at Haverhill. 
Sergeant, H. L. Blanchard, killed by accident in the service. 
Sergeant, A. J. Randall. 

E. L. Smith. 
A. Stover, missing in action, 
George Cass, killed in action at Cold Harbor, 
Sumner Hardy, 

Hiram H. Pool, died at Lynn, Mass, 
John Swift, 

C. W. Sherwell, killed at Fredericksburg, Va., 
Nathan W. Wheeler, died at Hatteras Inlet, N. C, March 

15, 1862, 
John Flavin, 


Henry G. Tasker, died in rebel prison, 

Horace Holmes, 

West Pearsons, died in hospital, 

Edward C. Holmes, 

Charles P. Pattern, died at Soldiers' Home in Maine. 

M. V. B. Randall, 

Ira Stowell, died in hospital, 

George H. Smith, 

Joseph Weed, wounded, died of wounds. 


This regiment left the state in 1862 in command of Col. 
E. Q. Fellows, and within a month after its departure it 
saw stern war service in pursuit of Gen. Lee, when he in- 
vaded Maryland, after the defeat of Gen. Pope's army. It 
participated in the battles of South Mountain, Antietam, 
and afterwards engaged with distinguished valor in the Battle- 
of Fredericksburg, where scores of its brave officers and men 
fell dead or wounded on the field. The regiment went next 
with Gen. Burnside to Kentucky, and soon after joined the 
forces around Vicksburg, though it was not in the immediate' 
assault upon that stronghold, joined the column in pursuit, 
of Gen. Johnston, and took part in the Battle of Jackson,. 
Miss. The regiment was then ordered to Kentucky on pro- 
vost duty, and later to Cumberland Gap in expectation of 
participating in Gen. Sherman's campaign in Georgia, but 
it was unexpectedly ordered back to Virginia to take part in 
the last march against Richmond. It led the advance at 
Spottsylvania Court House in storming the enemy's works,, 
and suffered a loss of more than two hundred in killed, 
wounded, and prisoners. In this assault both its Lieu- 
tenant-Colonel and Major were severely wounded. A few 
days later it stormed alone a strong rebel position, and at 
Cold Harbor in a brilliant charge it captured three pieces of 
artillery and three hundred and seventy-five prisoners. The 


regiment was in all the engagements before Petersburg, in- 
cluding the explosion of the famous mine, and distinguished 
itself for bravery and gallantry. Its subsequent history is 
not definitely stated, but probably it formed a part of that 
grand army that finally captured Richmond and caused the 
surrender of Lee's forces. 

Scott Keyser, 

William Clark, died in hospital, 

'George S. Humphrey, 

Henry Chapman, died of wounds, 

"Charles T. Collins, 

Joseph S. Willey. 


The Eleventh regiment left Concord in September, 1862, 
in command of Col. Walter Harriman, and joined the grand 
army of the Potomac under Gen. McClellan. The regiment 
went into camp near Falmouth, Va., and soon after was 
engaged in the Battle of Fredericksburg, where it distin- 
guished itself for gallant conduct in the hottest of the fight, 
losing in killed and wounded, two hundred and one officers 
and men. In February, 1863, it went to Newport News, 
Va., and soon after as part of the Ninth Army Corps, it 
was transferred to Kentucky, and thence to Vicksburg, 
where it was engaged in the trenches around that stronghold 
until the city fell. It was also in the Battle of Jackson, 
Miss., and took a prominent part in the capture of that city. 
After this, it returned to Kentucky, marching two hundred 
miles on almost trackless mountain roads to Knoxville, and 
was engaged in the siege of that city. It formed part of the 
army that pursued Gen. Longstreet till he left Tennessee 
and then in 1864 it again joined the army of the Potomac 
against Richmond and was engaged in all the battles of that 
campaign. In the Battle of the Wilderness it fought 
bravely, losing severely in officers and men, including in 


the former its Lieutenant-Colonel killed, and Col. Harriman 
taken prisoner. It also lost heavily at Spottsylvania, and 
was engaged at North Anna, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and 
all the series of engagements till the fall of Richmond. 
The Eleventh saw hard service and always bore itself bravely 
in every battle in which it took part. By order of the War 
Department, for meritorious conduct in battle, it had sub- 
cribed on its banner, " Fredericksburg, Vicksburg, Jackson, 
East Tennessee, The Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North Anna, 
Cold Harbor, Weldon Railroad, Poplar Grove Church, 
Hatcher's Run, Petersburg." 

The following are the names of Haverhill men, an unusu- 
ally large quota in the Eleventh Regiment : 
Captain, J. LeRoy Bell, wounded. 
Cyrus Alden, 
Levi B. Bisbee, 
Frank B. Carr, 
D. J. Coburn, 
M. V. B. Cady, 
W. W. Coburn, 

Robert W- Haney, died at Haverhill, 
George W- Miller, died in hospital, 
Henry Merrill, 
J. C. Pennock, 
Charles F. Carr, 

James W. Sampson, died in hospital, , 
George C. Swift, killed in action, 
George W. Woodward, 
Joseph Willis, 

W. C. Wetherbee, died at North Haverhill, 
Lewis Bean, 
Benjamin Bixbee, 
Thomas Baxter, 

Riley B. Cady, died in hospital, 
Hiram S. Carr, died at Woodsville, 


Ira B. Gould, 

Amos Lund, Jr., 

Moody C. Marston, wounded, 

Elias Moulton, 

Martin Rogers, 

George Southard, died in hospital, 

Solon Swift, died at Claremont, 

Albert H. Teft, 

Orrin M. Whitman, 

Albert U. Willey, died of wounds in hospital. 

Adion Pike, died of wounds in hospital. 


This regiment was part of the three hundred thousand 
nine months men called for by the President in 1862. It 
was mustered into service in November of that year, and 
assigned to Gen. Banks' army. Its commander was Col. 
John W. Kingman. The regiment sailed from New York 
in December for New Orleans, disembarking and remaining 
in the vicinity for a short time, and then went to Baton 
Rouge to form a portion of the forces operating against 
Port Hudson. It took a gallant and distinguished part in the 
reduction of that city, being in the hottest of the fight, and 
making most heroic charges upon the entrenched city. The 
siege lasted over two months, when on July 9th the rebel 
forces surrendered. The regiment soon after returned home. 
The following are the names of Haverhill men enlisted in 
this regiment : 

Lieutenant, James A. Page. 
Sergeant, George W. Pennock. 
James Buckland, deserted. 
Royal F. Clark, 

Charles Carpenter, second enlistment 1st Reg. Heavy Artil- 
R. C. Drown, 


James G. Glynn, died in Minnesota, 

Ethan O. Harris, 

John Hackett, 

H. P. Kidder, 

Aiken Latherbush, 

Lewis Latherbush, 

Sylvester W. Marden, 

George C. Smith, 

Charles G. Perkins, died in hospital New Orleans, La., 

Caleb Knight, died at Lowell, Mass., 

John D. Brooks, 

N. D. Brooks, died at Lisbon, 

E. J. L. Clark, 

D. C. Dunklee, 

Frank Ferguson, 

Hylus Hackett, died in hospital, 

N. S. Hannaford, 

George F. Keyes, second enlistment 1st Reg. Heavy Artil- 

George W. Leith, wounded, second enlistment 1st Reg. 
Heavy Artillery, 

Calvin Pennock, 

John C. Shelley, wounded, died at Haverhill, 


The Eighteenth regiment was enlisted in July, 1864, 
under a call for five hundred thousand volunteers. It con- 
sisted at first of only six companies, and was under the com- 
mand of Lieut. Col. Joseph M. Clough till the spring of 
1865, when the remaining companies were added, and Col. 
Thomas L. Livermore assumed command. It was stationed 
at City Point and on the James river for a time, and then 
ordered to the front. It took part in the recapture of Fort 
Steadman after that fortress fell into the hands of the enemy, 
and was placed in the fort, a position of great importance 


and danger, as a constant fire was kept up on both sides. 
Later the enemy again assaulted the fort, but was quickly 
repulsed by the Eighteenth, but with the loss of Major 
Brown who fell in the action. Afterwards the regiment was 
ordered to make a charge on the rebels in front of Fort 
Steadman, but finding them in full force the attack was 
abandoned. On the 3d of April after the fall of Petersburg 
the Eighteenth marched into the city of Richmond, and then 
soon after went to Washington, where it did guard duty 
during the trial of the assassins of President Lincoln. The 
regiment was mustered out at Concord in the summer of 
1865. The career of the Eighteenth was short but honor- 
able, and by order of the War Department the names of the 
following engagements were placed upon the colors of the 
regiment : 

" Fort Steadman, March 25, 1865 ; attack on Peters- 
burg, April 2, 1865 ; capture of Petersburg, April 3, 

Sergeant, Harlan S. Blanchard, died at Haverhill. 
Frank D. Davis, killed on railroad, 
O. S. Hicks, 
Don F. Willis, 

Levi Bradish, died in Minnesota, 
S. H. Butterfield, 
Joseph Came, deserter at Concord, 
Simeon E. Puffer, 
Pearson Wallace. 


This regiment began to be recruited in sections in 1863. 
At first there was only two companies, then four, and after 
ten companies were raised they were organized into a regi- 
ment. Col. Charles H. Long was its commander. The 
eariy companies did garrison duty at Portsmouth before the 


tegiment was placed on daty in the fortifications around 
Washington. Two batteries returned to Portsmouth in the 
fall and winter of 1864-5. The remaining companies garri- 
soned a line of works ten miles in extent, and gained great 
proficiency in artillery drill. The regiment was mustered 
out of service in June, 1865. The history of this organiza- 
tion is brief and not of startling interest, but it rendered 
Valuable service at a critical time. Most of the men had 
seen from one to three years service in the earlier period of 
the war. 

Corporal, Orrin Simpson, 

Ezekiel Day, died in hospital, Washington, D. C, 

Joseph Deland, 

Henry M. Miner, died at Haverhill, 

John Stearns, 

Patrick Baldwin, 

John Day, 

Charles Goodwin, 

C. J. Pike, 

Greorge W. Woods. 


This regiment was raised in the spring of 1864. Four 
companies were formerly a part of the First Rhode Island 
Cavalry, and were raised in 1861. The New Hampshire 
companies forming a battalion, were commanded by Maj. 
David B. itfelson. The winter was spent in camp at Con- 
cord and at Pawtucket, R. I., and in March, 1862, the reg- 
iment was ordered to Washington and later to Warrenton 
Junction to protect the Capital. Gen. Banks being driven 
back in the Shenandoah Valley the battalion was ordered 
there and did valorous deeds before Fort Royal, capturing 
more prisoners than there were men in the battalion. It 
was also at Port Republic under Gen. Shields, when Gen. 
Pope's ' ' Army of Virginia "was acting against Richmond by 


way of Culpepper Court House, the regiment now united, 
formed a part of his forces, and was conspicuous in all the 
battles of that disastrous campaign, South Mountain, Grove- 
ton, Second Bull Run and Chantilly, and in the retreat of 
the army it rendered valient service in protecting the rear, 
and holding in check the enemy. Afterwards it was active 
in Virginia, and took part in the engagement at Kelley's 
Ford, and was with Gen. Stoneman in his famous raid when 
Gen. Lee started on his Pennsylvania campaign, the regi- 
ment was sent to Thoroughfare Gap, where it defeated the 
enemy, and then attacked Middleburg, but was forced to 
retreat after a brave and obstinate fight against superior 
numbers, cutting its way through the enemy's lines. The 
regiment reached the main body of troops a mere fragment. 
It was ordered to Gettysburg, and afterwards was in the 
battles of Bristow Station and Auburn. 

In January, 1864, the New Hampshire battalion was per- 
manently detached from the First Rhode Island Cavalry, and 
the veterans of the battalion re-enlisting, formed the nucleus 
of the First New Hampshire Cavalry. When organized, it 
was sent to Washington under command of Col. John L. 
Thompson, and took an active part in Grant's campaign 
against Richmond. It was in Gen. Wilson's celebrated raid 
along the Welden railroad, in which it saw hard service. 
Afterwards it was with Gen. Sheridan in Shenandoah Valley 
and fought with great bravery in that campaign. The regi- 
ment was mustered out of service in July, 1865. 

The later recruits of this regiment were generally bounty- 
men, and as a class, were worthless, but the first seven com- 
panies were composed of the sons of New Hampshire and 
were brave and soldierly men who reflected honor upon the 

Lieutenant, George Morrison. 
Sergeant, H. H. Morrison. 
Corporal, Hiram S. Kellum, died at Haverhill. 


Natt Westgate, died in rebel prison Danville, Va., Jan. 7, 

George Cutting, 

Byron Carr, lost an arm in action, 
J. B. Davis, 
Edwin St. Clair, 
Simon Cutting, 
Simon Elliott, 
Jerome Carr, died in rebel prison Danville, Va. 

The following Haverhill men enlisted in regiments in 

other states : 

John Chapman, 17th Eeg. Vt. Volunteers, 

James Boswell, 1st Eeg. Vt. Cavalry, 

Henry C. Wright, 12th Eeg. Vt. Volunteers, died in hos- 

William Dean, 12th Eeg. Vt. Volunteers, 

Wesley Porter, Mass. Eegiment, died in hospital, 

Lyford Bailey, 9th Vt. Volunteers, died in hospital, 

John Copp, 9th Vt. Volunteers, 

George Copp, 9th Vt. Volunteers, 

George Perkins, 9th Vt. Volunteers, 

Eobert Arnold, 9th Vt. Volunteers, 

Silas Woodward, 9th Vt. Volunteers, died in hospital, 

John H. Day, 9th Vt. Volunteers, second enlistment 1st 
Eeg. N. H. Heavy Artillery, 

Chester M. Carleton, Missouri Eegiment. 



Moses Dow— Alden Sprague— John Porter— Moaes Dow, Jr.— George Woodward — 
Joseph Emerson Dow— John Nelson — Henry Hutchinson — David Sloan— Joseph 
Bell— Samuel Courtland — Edmund Carleton— Hale A. Johnston— Edward Jl. 
Olcott^Daniel Blaisdell— Jonathan Bliss — William H. Duncan — Samuel C. 
Webster— Nathan B. Felton— David Dickey— David H. Collins— Jonas Darius 
Sleeper— John S. Bryant— David Page— Charles E. Thompson — George W. 
Chapman— Charles E. Monison- Nathaniel W. Westgate— George F. Putnam- 
Luther C. Morse — Samuel T. Page— Samuel B. Page — William F. Westgate. 

From the fact that Haverhill has been a shire town since 
1773, she has held a more or less prominent position on 
account of her lawyers, some of whom have been amongst 
the ablest and most distinguished in the state. And as the 
legal profession has always exerted a powerful influence in 
the community, I have deemed it proper to sketch the lives of 
all lawyers who have practiced their profession in the Town. 
Of some only a few facts have been learned, whilst of others 
of less note the, biographies are necessarily brief. Of some, 
however, the sketches have been made as full as the limits of 
the chapter would admit, and their character and fame is 
gladly committed to this keeping. 


The exact time when Gen. Dow came to Haverhjll is not 
certainly known, but it must have been previous to 1774, as 
in that year he was appointed by the Court of the General 
Sessions of the Peace to act as king's attorney in the absence 
of the attorney-general. His native place was Atkinson, 
and his father's name was John Dow. Of his eai'ly educa- 
tion we have no information, but his academic course was 
pursued at Harvard College, from which he graduated in 
1769. When and with whom he read law is also unknown. 
He began the practice of his profession in all probability at 
Haverhill soon after his admission to the bar, and continued to 


do so till he was appointed a judge of the Court of Common 
Pleas, with an interruption of five years at Plymouth. He 
was also probably the earliest permanently settled lawyer of 
Grafton county. He was unquestionably one of the strong 
and leading lawyers in the early history of the Grafton 
county bar, and held a prominent position not only in his 
profession, but also in popular esteem. His name occurs 
repeatedly in the town records as taking an active part in 
town affairs, and he filled various town offices from 1783 till 
toward the close of his life. In addition to these more local 
places of service and honor, he was called into larger spheres 
of trust. For four years he was solicitor for Grafton county, 
and from 1774, for a period of thirty years, he was register 
of probate. In 1780—81 he represented the Town of Ha- 
verhill in the legislature, and as early as 1790 he was a 
member of the state senate, of which body he was chosen 
president during his term of senatorial service. Previous to 
this he was a member of the governor's council. He was 
interested in military matters and was major-general of the 
state militia. In 1808 be was appointed a judge of the 
Court of Common Pleas for Grafton county, which office he 
held till the close of his life. Gen. Dow was also elected in 
1784 to the Congi-ess of the United States by the General 
Assembly of New Hampshire, but declined the honor on the 
ground that he did not feel himself qualified for the high 
responsibilities of the position. In his letter to the governor 
he says : "As I have had no apprehension [no thought 
of being called to so responsible a position] I had entirely 
neglected every necessary preparation. * * * The pres- 
ent infirm state of my health, the real conviction of my ine- 
quality to the business of the mission, render it extremely 
difficult, or rather impossible, for me to engage in a trust so 
arduous and interesting." The average congressman of 
to-day would vote such modesty and patriotic conscientious- 
ness as blank idiocy. 


Gen. Dow was the second postmaster of Haverhill. He 
took a deep interest in all local matters, and was active in 
promoting the welfare of the Town. His name appears as 
One of the incorporators of Haverhill Academy, and he was 
a heavy subscriber to the stock of a bridge company, for the 
purpose of building a bridge across the Connecticut river at 
Haverhill. He was the owner of the " Dow farm," so called 
in local parlance, a tract of land two and a half miles 
north of Haverhill Corner, where he resided during the early 
part of his life, and after he moved to the Comer he lived 
in the house now owned and occupied by Milo Bailey. 

Gen. Dow was a man of great independence of mind, 
and early led off in a protest against being taxed for the 
preaching of the gospel. He was fond of discussion, 
especially the discussion of religious questions. In person 
he was tall and commanding, with dignified bearing and 
courtly manners. As a citizen he was enterprising, ener- 
getic, a true and earnest patriot, and a man of high charac- 
ter and fine literary attainments. His prominent standing in 
his profession, and his great abilities, made him not only a 
foremost citizen of the Town, but eminent in the county and 
in the state. Dartmouth College bestowed upon him the 
honorary degree of A. m. in 1785. 

Gen. Dow married Phebe Emerson, and they had four 
children, two sons and two daughters. He died in Haver- 
hill in 1811. 


Alden Sprague's ancestors came to Plymouth, Mass., from 
Plymouth, England, in 1623, and were afterwards amongst 
the prominent people of Rochester, Mass. At what period 
Alden came to Haverhill is not known, but it must have 
been earlier than 1796, for in that year he was one of the 
Selectmen of the Town. He is supposed to have pursued 
his professional studies in the office of his half-brother, Hon. 
Peleg Sprague, a prominent lawyer and a member of Con- 


gress in 1797—99. Mr. Sprague married twice: first, a 
cousin of Rev. Ethan Smith's wife, said to have been a very 
beautiful woman. By this marriage there were two children, 
Betsy and Harriet. The former became the wife of James 
I. Swan of Bath, a very able and distinguished lawyer whom 
the late Isaac Patterson said was the equal of Daniel Web- 
ster in eloquence, both of whom on one occasion he heard in 
an important case at Plymouth. Harriet married Hamlin 
Rand, father of the late Judge Rand of Lisbon, and Hon. 
Charles W. Rand of Littleton. Mr. Sprague's second wife 
was Eunice Stoddard, said to have been a woman of remark- 
able accomplishments, and they had five children, two sons 
and three daughters. The eldest,, Noah Paul, married Abiah 
Carleton of Bath, and moved to Buffalo, N. Y., where he 
engaged in mercantile life till his death. Only one of his 
children survived infancy, Hon. E. C. Sprague who is now 
a prominent lawyer of BuflTalo and author of the famous 
Sprague— Clark letter in the Cleveland-Blaine campaign, 
which refuted the Buffalo slanders against Mr. Cleveland. 
Mr. Sprague's second son, Alden, became a very eminent 
physician in western Xew York. Of (he daughters, Mrs. 
Fenton of Beloit, Wis.,. and Mrs. Martin of Peacham, Vt., 
are still living. 

Mr. Sprague was a distinguished member of the Grafton 
county bar in its earlier days, and a man of prominence in 
Town. He was a trustee of Haverhill Academy. In per- 
sonal appearance he is described as tall and dignified, genteel 
and manly in bearing, and was very fond of society, of which 
he was a great favorite, on account of his brilliant conversa- 
tions. He died at the age of forty. 

The following anecdote was related by one who knew Mr. 
Sprague. Col. Jonathan Tyler, one of the early settlers of 
Piermont and a prominent man in its early history, having 
occasion to consult Mr. Sprague on some matter of law 
went on to state his case. The young lawyer paid no atten- 


tion to him, but kept on writing. At length Mr. Tyler took 
the hint and put a dollar on the table, when Mr. Sprague 
rubbed his hands in satisfaction, and said he was now ready 
for business. Col. Tyler had a good memory. Some time 
after, Mr. Sprague made a bet with some one that he could 
hunt more partridges than any other person. Col. Tyler 
had a famous hunting dog and Mr. Sprague secured his ser- 
vices in the hunt, but it was necessary for the Colonel to go 
with the dog to direct him. Instead, however, of setting 
the dog on, he secretly by a motion of the hand kept the dog 
back. After some trudging through the Piermont woods in 
fruitless search of partridges, Sprague broke out, "Tyler, 
why don't he hunt?" Whereupon Tyler dryly remarked 
that his dog never hunted until he got a dollar. 


Was born in Haverhill in 1769, and was the son of Col. 
Asa Porter. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 
1787, and read law in Chester. After practising there for 
some years he returned to Haverhill about 1794 and re- 
mained there till 1800, when he moved to Broone, Canada. 


Was born in Haverhill and was the oldest son of Gen. 
Moses Dow. He studied law with his father and' was ad- 
mitted to the bar in 1800, practising his profession from that 
time till 1838. In 1808 he was appointed register of pro- 
bate, and continued to hold that office till 1838. He was 
also for a number of years postmaster, but was removed by 
Gen. Jackson. He was not a man of much force of charac- 
ter, and took no prominent part in town matters. In the 
famous Dow-Bell breach of promise case. Attorney Gen- 
eral Sullivan in speaking of Dow's testimony, said, " Dow 
appears pretty well, and generally has a ruffled shirt on, but 
it isn't always clean." 



Was born in Hanover in 1776, and was a grandson of the 
elder President Wheelock of Dartmouth College, from which 
institution he graduated in 1793. His father was Judge 
Bezaleel Woodward of Hanover, and he began the practice 
of law at Haverhill in 1805, previous to which time he was 
treasurer of Dartmouth College for two years. He contin- 
ued at Haverhill till 1816, when he moved to Lowell, Mass., 
and resumed the practice of his profession in that city. He 
was married twice, his first wife being the daughter of Capt. 
David Webster of Plymouth, his second the daughter of 
William Leverett, a prominent citizen of Windsor, Vt. 
One of his daughters by the .last marriage is the wife of 
Judge Warren Currier of St. Louis, Mo. Also a son, 
Henry, is living in St. Louis, and another, William, lives 
in Brooklyn, N. Y. Mr. Woodward was a man of promi- 
nence and high character. He died in 1836. 


Was the second son of Gen. Moses Dow, and was born in 
HaverhilHn 1778. He studied at Haverhill Academy and 
was a graduate of Dartmouth College in 1799. His profes- 
sional studies were pursued with his father, and he was 
admitted to the bar in 1802. It is not certain whether he 
first began the practice of his profession at Haverhill or 
StraflPord, Vt., but in 1807 we find him located at Littleton, 
the pioneer lawyer of that town. He remained five years and 
then moved to Franconia. For a few years he lived in 
Thornton, and was postmaster in that place, but returned to 
Franconia in 1847, and died there in 1857. After leaving 
Littleton he engaged in teaching, and faithfully discharged 
the duties incident to the office of a magistrate. It is 
said when he was examined for admission to the bar. the 
only question asked him was, "What is the best title a 
person can have in real estate?" "I don't know." Like 


his brother he was noted more for negative than for positive 
quahties. He was gentle and unassuming in manners, and 
was averse to the turmoil and strife of business. He had 
little standing in his profession, and practically abandoned it 
after leaving Littleton. 

Mr. Dow married twice. His first wife was a woman of 
high character and social standing, the daughter of Hon. 
Jonathan Arnold of Rliode Island, at one time a member of 
the Continental Congress. Her father dying when she was 
quite young, she was received into the family of Charles 
Marsh of Woodstock, Vt., and thus became the adopted 
sister of the late Hon. George P. Marsh, the eminent 
echolar and diplomatist. One- of their cliildren was the late 
Moses A. Dow of Boston, founder of Dow Academy in 

Mr. Dow married for his second wife Nancy Bagley of 
Thornton, who on one occasion, the story goes, when Mr. 
Dow was harrassed by the sheriff, stood her ground and 
made it too warm for the bailiif, introducing him to a sudden 
baptism of hot water. 


Was one of the most prominent citizens of Haverhill dur- 
ing the early part of this century, and was a leading member 
of the Grafton county bar. He was born in Exeter, 
in 1778, but his parents moved when he was still a child 
to Gilmanton. As a boy he early displayed talent 
and was sent to Dartmouth College, graduating in 1830. 
Daniel Webster was in college at the same time with him. 
He read law with Charles Marsh of Woodstock, Vt., and 
later in Boston, Mass., and then settled in Haverhill. 

He married twice, first, Susannah Brewster, daughter of 
Gen. Ebenezer Brewster of Hanover, and second Lois Burn- 
ham Leverett, daughter of John Leverett of Windsor, Yt. 
The Leverett family came from England in 1633, and was 


a leading one in Boston, Mass., giving to the colony a gov- 
ernor and to the young college at Cambridge, a president. 
Mrs. Nelson was a woman of superior intellect, and of unu- 
sual literary taste and culture. Of their large family, the 
eldest daughter, Mary Sewell, a woman of brilliant mind, 
married Ira Perley of Concord, one of the most distin- 
guished lawyers of New Hampshire and Chief Justice of 
the Supreme Court. 

Susan Brewster became the wife of William C. Thomp- 
son of Plymouth ; Martha and Frances, were the first and 
second wives of William E. Hooper of Worcester, Mass. ;. 
Lois Leverett married David Dickey of Haverhill ; Sarah 
married Samuel H. Goodall of Portsmouth, son of Ira. 
Goodall of Bath, and her sister Elizabeth became the second 
wife of Mr. Goodall ; Anna Roby married William B. Fox, 
and afterward George T. Rice, both of Worcester, Mass. ^ 
Thomas Leverett, (see Chap. XIX) ; Ebenezer Brewster 
died in Texas, and William is living in St. Louis, Mo. 

Mr. Nelson was an able lawyer and ranked high at the- 
Grafton county bar, but his voice was rather feeble, and he- 
did not possess the physical power of Mr. Bell. He was- 
associated with Hon. Richard Fletcher in the famous Dow- 
Bell breach of promise case. He was a man of pure charac- 
ter, most highly esteemed in the community, and of amiable 
disposition. Both he and Mrs. Nelson were strongly anti- 
slavery in their sentiments, and felt a lively interest in home 
and foreign politics. He was a man of few words, walked 
with measured step, so that he gained the title of "Ad- 
miral," wore the old-time blue coat with brass buttons, and 
was tall and well-built. 


Was born in Lebanon in 1785, and was the son of Aaron 
Hutchinson, a pioneer lawyer of Grafton county. Graduat- 
ing from Dartmouth College in 1804, he read Law in the: 

2G2 HISTORY or haverhill. 


office of his father, and was admitted to the bar in 1807. 
He probably began the practice of his profession in Lebanon 
with his father, and in 1810 he went to Haverhill, remain- 
ing there till 1815, when he moved to Hanover, where he 
continued till 1825, and then settled in New York. He 
married a daughter of Judge Bezaleel ^^^oodward of Hano- 
ver. Mr. Hutchinson died in 1838. 


Mr. Sloan was born in Pelham, Mass., in 1780, and 
graduated from Dartmouth College in 1806. He worked 
his way through college, and earned some money by writing 
•diplomas. His professional studies were pursued with Judge 
W. H. Woodward of Hanover, and George Woodward of 
Haverhill, and he began the practice of his profession at the 
latter place, continuing to do so to the time of his death in 
1860. He did a large business, and is said to have been an 
astute lawyer and a shrewd and practical business man. 
He acquired considerable property and was prudent in the 
•care of it. In personal appearance he was somewhat indif- 
ferent, and was also quite eccentric in manners. 

Mr. Sloan married Hannah, daughter of Capt. Thomas 
Johnson of JSewbury, Vt., and two of his sons wei-e edu- 
cated at Dartmouth College, but died early in life. ]Miss 
Lizzie Sloan, a daughter of David Sloan, is the only repre- 
sentative of the family in Haverhill. Scott Sloan, Esq., of 
Wells River, Vt., is a grandson. 


Was without doubt Haverhill's most distinguished lawyer. 
He was born in Bedford in 1787, the son of Joseph and 
Mary (Houston) Bell, and was of Scotch origin. He re- 
ceived his academic education at Dartmouth College, and 
graduated from that institution in 1807. For a year after 
graduating he M'as principal of Haverhill Academy, and 

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then pursued his law studies with Hon. Samuel Bell of 
Amherst, Hon. Samuel Dana of Boston, and Judge Jererniah 
Smith of Exeter. He was admitted to the ba.r and began 
the practice of his profession at Haverhill in 1811, and con- 
tinued there till 1842, when he moved to Boston and entered 
in partnership with the late Henry L. Durant. In his earlier 
professional career he was cashier of Grafton Bank, and in 
later years he became its president. During his residence in 
Haverhill he held ^•arious public positions, was solicitor for 
Grafton county, and also represented the Town for a num- 
ber of years in the legislature, and ran for Congress in 1835. 
After his removal to Boston Jie was a member of the legisla- 
ture of Massachusetts in both branches, and at one time he 
was president of the Senate. 

Mr. Bell began his professional life in straightened circum- 
stances, but by great industry, frugality, and careful invest- 
ment he amassed a large property. In this it is said he was 
aided by being the administrator of Col. Asa Porter's estate, 
who owned large tracts of land in Topsham and Corinth, Vt. 
These lands were sold in bulk and were bought up by a 
syndicate and afterwards sold out in small lots. The tradi- 
tion is still handed down that those who were in it made 
"large money." 

He was a close and industrious student, and. early won a 
front place at the Grafton county bar, where for a long time 
he M'as its admitted leader. Practice became very extensi^•e 
and lucrative, and reached into the neighboring counties. 
At forty years of age he had gained the full mastery of his 
powers and as the leader of the Grafton county bar, he had 
to defend this position against such able men in the profes- 
sion as George Sullivan, Ezekiel Webster, Icabod Bartlett, 
Joel Parker, Levi Woodbury and Chief Justice Jeremiah 
Smith. These contests drew forth all the powers of his 
mind and his skill and learning as a lawyer. He was distin- 
guished for the deliberate preparation of his cases and did 


not trust to others. In his knowledge of pleadings he was 
very particular, and did not allow his opponents to escape 
the consequences of their mistakes or negligence. His great 
ability and learning in the law did not appear so conspicu- 
ously on great occasions as on questions that came up inci- 
dentally in the trial of causes. His analysis of facts was 
keen and exhaustive, and he possessed a wonderfully exact 
legal language. He was always a master of legal principles, 
and could cite with great promptness the authorities and 
cases that were pertinent to questions at issue. In argu- 
ment he was generally brief, and saw at a glance the strong 
and salient points in an issue, ^nd seized and dwelt upon 
these in presenting his case to the jury or to the court. His 
examination of witnesses was very direct, and he rarely dis- 
credited a witness. He was not diffuse and miscellaneous in 
his knowledge of law, but thorough and exact, and there 
was little display of his legal acquirements. He was always 
prompt and orderly, all papers were at hand and carefully 
marked, and when called for tliey could be furnished at once. 
The details of a case were carefully looked after, and nothing 
was left at loose ends. With clients and associate counsel 
he was patient and deferential, and listened attentively to all 
they had to say. Hon. Nathaniel Wilson of Orono, Me., 
who for a short time was in Mr. Bell's office sums up his 
standing as a lawyer: "As a lawyer he was clear-headed, 
keen, discriminating, logical and thoroughly read. His in- 
fluence with the court and with the jury was very marked, 
and his services were always in demand." 

In manner Mr. Bell was somewhat severe and over-bear- 
ing. In the examination of witnesses and in his address to 
the jury he spoke in loud tones which was due, it is said, to 
his extreme diffidence, and by a singular mental constitution 
he seemed to gain confidence as his voice rose. He was less 
successful before the jury, however, than before the court. 
This was owing in part to the shock he gave the jury by his 


imperious manner and forceful speech. He was not distin- 
guished for his persuasiveness with a jury, gently and kindly 
leading them along over the difficulties of the case, hut his 
manner was such as rather to drive the jury before him by 
main force. As a consequence he was stronger as a lawyer 
than as an advocate. He was more learned than Moses 
Dow, though less brilliant than Alden Sprague. With his 
brethren he was always honorable and high-minded, and was 
far removed from low tricks either to gain or to hold clients. 
Mr. Bell was a very exacting man and held everybody to 
the strictest account. He once discharged his butter-man 
who had agreed to furnish him butter for twelve and a half 
cents a pound, but in looking over the bill he discovered that 
the man had carried out one pound at thirteen cents. He 
said nothing, but informed the man that he need not bring 
any more butter, without, however, explaining to him the 
reason. This was his method of treating all persons who 
presented bills, to him. He promptly paid their face, but 
woe to the person ever after if he detected the slightest error 
in their accounts. Once in a while he got treated to his own 
medicine to the great delight of those who knew his exacting 
ways. He was accustomed when he took gilt-edged paper 
to file these away and let the interest do its work, whilst he 
attended more closely to less reliable obligations. It so 
happened that he held a man's note in Rumney for a large 
sum, and regarding the paper perfectly good, as was the fact, 
he overlooked the date of its out-law. Running over his 
papers one day he discovered that this note had passed the 
limitation of statute. He got his brother-in-law Thompson 
to go and see the man, and try if he could not in some way 
get him to acknowledge the note. But the debtor was an 
adroit person, knowing full well that if he was in Bell's 
hands no mercy would be shown him, and after Thompson 
had felt his pecuniary pulse, he coolly remarked, " Mr. 
Thompson, if I owe Mr. Bell anything," putting special 


emphasis on the word owe, " I am abundantly able to pay 
him." As the money-king of the place most persons feared 
Mr. Bell, though many were compelled to seek his aid. He 
always did as he agreed, but he was sure to make a close 
agreement in the start. 

Mr. Bell carried his imperious manner somewhat into 
social life, but with intimate friends he is said to have been 
a most agreeable and companionable person. Although he 
rose from humble circumstances he was a natural-born aristo- 
crat. He was much alone, and rarely spent any time in the 
same room with his students of whom he usually had two or 
more in his office, yet he was always ready to impart any 
information which was sought bv them, and was much ffi'ati- 
fied to aid them in their studies; His office was his throne 
of empire. He was accustomed to walk to church alone, 
apart from his family, with his hands folded under his coat 
tails, and gave the impression of a proud and aristocratic 

Speaking of Mr. Bell being a proud man the following 
incident is told of him : As he advanced in years his eyes 
began to fail him, but he persistently resisted the decline of 
his sight. So on one occasion in court he undertook to read 
a paper which was written in rather small style, and he had 
to hold it out at arm's length. His keen opponent knowing 
his pride in resisting glasses, said to him : "Brother Bell, 
you'll either have to get glasses or a pair of tongs." 

ISIr. Bell was finely connected by marriage, having for hit. 
wife a very accomplished woman, a daughter of one of the 
first families of the times — ]\Iills Olcott's of Hanover. Thi^, 
however, brought him into serious trouble, and he was com- 
pelled to defend himself in court on a charge of breach of 
promise, which was brought by Miss Dow, daughter of Gen. 
Moses Dow. The case was tried twice, in the first trial the 
jury disagreeing, but in the second the jury gave a verdict in 
his favor. 


After Mr. Bell's marriagre he concluded to make Haverhill 
his life-home, but as years of prosperity rolled on and his 
means began to accumulate, a new pressure fired his heart. 
He became ambitious of political preferment, in which it is 
said his wife shared his feelings, and that it was largely due 
to her urgency that he finally broke up and went to Boston, 
where the political soil was more favorable to his aspirations 
than in iron-clad Democratic New Hampshire. 

Mr. Bell fought his way up over all obstacles to wealtli 
and distinction. He was a- high-priced lawyer for those 
days, but he is said to have been entirely honorable in his 
professional conduct. He had just views of the grounds and 
elements which are necessary in order to give professional 
success. To his son he said : "Your standing at the bar 
depends entirely upon your industry, assiduity, and diligence 
in your profession." 

Mr. Bell had a family of five children, only one of whom 
is now living, Mrs; Dr. Upham of Keene. His son, Joseph 
Mills, was a graduate of Dartmouth College in 1844, and 
read law with his father. He was a partner with Rufus 
Choate whose daughter he married. During the Rebellion 
he served on the staff of Gen. Butler at New Orleans, and 
was afterwards appointed judge of the Recorder's Court in 
that city. He is said to have been a man of fine ability and 
large legal culture. 

Mr. Bell came near losing his life from an attack of lock- 
jaw which was caused by stepping on a nail when the Acad- 
emy building was burned, and he continued in feeble health 
for some years after. He received the highest honors of his 
Alma Mater, the degree of ll.d. in 1837. He died sud- 
denly a,t Saratoga, in 1851, of heart disease which had pur- 
sued him for some years. Once whilst in Europe he suffered 
so severe an attack as greatly to alarm him. In physique 
Mr. Bell was rather large and strongly built, of command- 


ing presence, with over-hanging eye-brows beneath a well 
formed and intellectual head. 


Was a lawyer in Haverhill from 1835 to 1838, and came to 
Haverhill from Lee, where he was born in 1797, and where 
he also received his earlier education. He graduated from 
Dartmouth College in 1816. He was prominent in political 
life, being k state senator in 1829—30-31 from the old 
Twelfth disti'ict, and was president of the senate the first 
and last year of his senatorial service. He was also acting 
governor in 1831 for two days, the governor having resigned, 
the president of senate became acting governor until a 
successor could be inaugurated, and Mr. Cartland being 
president of the senate for that year, the honor of the 
governorship fell to him for the short period named. He 
was also judge of probate. He stood high as a lawyer, and 
was a man of ability and character. Socially he was genial 
and attractive, of accomplished and gentlemanly manners, 
and most kindly feelings. His force and energy were not 
as conspicuous as his intellectual ability, but his ambition 
was large and was never fully satisfied. He is said to have 
aspired to a seat in Congress, and failing in that he went 
South for a time and afterwards to Maine, where he died at 
the age of forty-three. In physique he was of average build. 


Was the son of Dr. Edmund Carleton of Haverhill, a phy- 
sician in his day of wide note, and was born in 1797. He 
received his early education at Haverhill Academy, and 
graduated from Dartmouth College in 1822. ^ After grad- 
uating he taught in Virginia, and also read law with William 
Garnett of Tappahannock. Returning to Haverhill he fin- 
ished his law studies with Joseph Bell, and was admitted to 
the bar in 1828. He began the practice of his profession at 


Haverhill, and later settled in Littleton. As a lawyer he 
was averse to controversy, and preferred peaceful settlements 
of difficulties. He was well equipped for his profession, but 
ill health compelled him to abandon the law, and he engaged 
in active business. He was noted for his strong abolition 
sentiments, and was a man of strict conscientiousness. He 
married in 1836 Mary Kilburn Coffin, and their son Edmund 
is now living in Littleton. 


Was a grandson of Col. Charles Johnston, and was born in 
Haverhill in 1801. His parents were Capt. Michael and 
Sarah (Atkinson) Johnston. He was educated at Haverhill 
Academy and at Dartmouth College, graduating from the 
latter institution in 1825. After leaving college he taught 
for a while in an academy at Northumberland, Pa., and 
then read law for a time with Joseph McKeen of New York, 
and finished with Joseph Bell. He was admitted to the bar 
in 1829 at Haverhill, and began the practice of his profes- 
sion there, but his career as a lawyer was brief, and he died 
of consumption in 1831. He is said to have been a man of 
hopeful professional prospects, and of a trained intellect. 


Edward R. Olcott was the son of Mills Olcott of Han- 
over, and was born in 1805. He was a graduate of Dart- 
mouth College in 1825, and pursued his professional studies 
with Joseph Bell. After his admission to the bar he began 
the practice of the law in Hanover in 1828, continuing there 
for a few years, and then moved to Haverhill in 1830. Sub- 
sequently he went South to Louisiana, and attained, it is 
said, to the position of a judge of that state. He died in 


Daniel Blaisdell was born in Pittsfield in 1806, and was 


the son of Hon. Elijah B. and Nancy (Fogg) Blaisdell. 
His academic education was pursued at Kimball Union 
Academy and at Dartmouth College, and he was graduated 
from the latter institution in 1827. His law studies were 
pursued in the office of Joseph Bell, and he was admitted to 
the bar in 1830. For a few years he practiced his profession 
with John Xelson of Haverhill, but afterwards, in 1832, he 
moved to Lebanon . He became treasurer of Dartmouth 
College in 1835, and held that position till the time of his 
death. Meantime he continued in the practice of his profes- 
sion, and was a constant attendant at court till near the close 
of his life. 

Mr. Blaisdell was frequently called to places of trust and 
honor. He represented the town of Hanover in the legisla- 
ture in 1839-40-41, and again in 1865—6, and was a state 
senator in 1863—4. He was also a presidential elector in 
1860 on the Republican ticket. In religious sentiment he was 
a disciple of Dr. Channing and a man of exemplary habits 
and high character. He was conservative and cautious in 
action, and deliberate and exact in speech. His manners 
were courteous and refined, and he was a gentleman of the 
old school. As a lawyer he was painstaking and well read, 
and judicious as a counsellor. In personal appearance he 
was dignified and attractive, of full medium mould, neat in 
his dress, with heavy eye-brows and firm mouth, and his 
general look was that of a scholarly and cultured man. 
He married Charlotte Osgood of Haverhill, and died in 
1875. A son of Mr. Blaisdell is constructing engineer in 
the navy yard at Brooklyn, and a daughter married Prof. 
Ruggles of Dartmouth College. 


Jonathan Bliss was born in Randolph, Vt., in 1799. His 
parents were Jonathan and Maria (Martin) Bliss, and he 
graduated from Dartmouth College in 1824. His law studies 


were pursued in the office of Joseph Bell, W. C. Thompson 
of Plymouth, and at Northampton, Mass., and he began the 
practice of his profession at Plymouth in 1828. In 1832 he 
moved to Haverhill, and continued his profession there till 
1836, when he went to Gainsville, Ala., where he practiced 
law to the close of his life in 1879. Mr. Bliss was success- 
ful as a lawyer, and at one time had accumulated a large 
property, much of which was swept away by the Rebellion. 
He was a man of business affairs, and a successful advocate. 
At the beginning of the war he was a Union man, but 
yielded to the sentiment around him. In physique he was 
large and well-built, somewhat striking in looks and of com- 
manding presence. He married for his first wife Lucretia, 
daughter of "William Leverett of Windsor, Vt., for his sec- 
ond, Mary, daughter of Dr. Samuel Kidder of Charlestown, 
Mass., and for his third, Maria Kidder of Medfield, Mass. 


This gifted person was born in Candia, then a part of Lon- 
donderry, in 1807, and was an only child. His father, 
William D., and his mother whose maiden name was Mary 
McMurphy, were both Scotch Irish. His early years were 
passed in his father's store, for which, however, he had little 
taste and soon after he entered Pinkerton Academy, Derry, 
to fit for college. He graduated from Dartmouth in 1830, 
being amongst the more mature members of his class, and 
having for his commencement part the valedictory. Three 
years later he gave the master's oration. 

Mr. Duncan's fascinating manners and brilliant talents 
made him a favorite with the young ladies of Hanover, one 
of whose most beautiful and accomplished belles, Sarah 
Olcott, daughter of Mills Olcott, a distinguished citizen and 
lawyer of that place, he afterwards married. Two of Mr. 
Olcott's daughters were already married, one toRufus Choate 
and another to Joseph Bell, and he was thus brought into 


intimate acquaintanceship with some of the leading men of 
the times. When he was a senior in college he visited Mr. 
Choate in Salem, Mass., and heard Mr. Webster's argument 
in the famous Knapp murder case. 

After leaving college Mr. Duncan went South and en- 
gaged in teaching school for some years. Meantime he 
studied law, and was admitted to the bar in Charleston, S. C. 
He returned to New Hampshire in 1834 and was married to 
Sarah Olcott, and began the practice of the law at Haverhill, 
but in a few years, on account of Mr. Olcott's failing health, 
he returned to Hanover to assist his father-in-law in his mul- 
tiplied business. The large practice which he soon acquired 
was interrupted by the health of his wife, which made it 
necessary for him to pass the winters in the South, and this 
professional interruption was greatly aggravated by the set- 
tlement of Mr. Olcott's large estate as well as that of Mrs. 
Olcott, the former dying in 1845, the latter in 1848. Mrs. 
Duncan died in 1850, which greatly broke him up, and in a 
measure he withdrew from very active participation either in 
professional business or in general matters. He led mean- 
time a quiet and lonely life in Hanover for thirty years, 
having rooms and an office in a business block and boardino- 
at the hotel. 

But he was a landmark after all. Commencement day at 
Dartmouth College saw him in lively and pleasant chat with 
the returning graduates who knew him in years gone by. 
His life may be said to have been a failure for two rea- 
sons. First, he was two sensative and retiring for the 
rough-and-tumble work and competition of the world, and 
second, the circumstances of his life diverted him from the 
earnest and unflinching pursuit of his profession, in which 
without doubt his unquestioned ability would have placed 
him amongst the foremost lawyers of the state, especially as 
an accomplished and masterful advocate. He was a natural- 
born orator. Had he entered the walks of politics, which 

LAWYERS. .273 

however were distasteful to his refined and sensitive nature, 
he would doubtless have risen to the highest positions of 
honor and trust. At one time he was prominently thought 
of as a candidate for governor, but the matter received no 
encouragement from him. 

At another time he was put forward as a tentative candi- 
date for the, United States senatorship, and it was arranged 
for him to speak at some of the more important points in the 
state on public issues. This was in incipient " Know-Noth- 
ing " time, and his political opponents were very anxious to 
get hold of his first speech, so as to anticipate his appearance 
in other parts of the state. The opening speech was at 
Hanover, his home, and a young man, a member of Dart- 
mouth College, was engaged to take down the speech in 
short-hand. So when the time came, the short-hand writer 
was promptly in his place near the platform, but Mr. Duncan 
having been apprised of what his political opponents were 
attempting, in order to thwart their designs, spoke against 
time in a rambling way upon all sorts of subjects, interlard- 
ing his remarks with numerous anecdotes and laughable inci- 
cidents, in the hope of wearing out the reporter. That 
gentleman, however, was instructed to take down the speech 
verbatim et literatim, and whatever dropped from the lips of 
the speaker was regarded as ' ' grist " for the reporter's ' 'hop- 
per," and so down went incident and anecdote, sense and 
nonsense, sober and light, and page after page were thrown 
off, till at last, after telling a very absurd and most ludicrous 
story which of course the short-hand man took down, Mr. 
Duncan turned to him and with indescribable dramatic ex- 
pression and painfulness of qountenance, showing his fine 
sense of the fitness of things, — "For God's sake, Mr. 
Reporter, don't put that down ! " 

Mr. Duncan was. a gentleman of the old school, graceful 
and elegant in manners, true in his friendships, of a gentle 
and winning spirit, one of the most charming social persons 

274 HISTORY or haveehill. 

to be met with, and as a conversationalist could grace any 
presence. In politics a conservative Democrat, in religion a 
most devout Episcopalian. He died in 1883 and was buried 
at Hanover. 


Samuel C. Webster was the son of David Webster of 
Plymouth, and was born there about 1787. He graduated 
from Dartmouth College in 1808, and read law with George 
Woodward. After his admission to the bar he began the 
practice of his profession in 1812 at Plymouth, where he 
spent the chief part of his professional life, except the short 
time he lived in Haverhill, when he was high sheriff. There 
is some doubt in regard to his practicing law at Haverhill. 
He was speaker of the house of representatives of New 
Hampshire in 1830, and was a man of ability and influence. 
He married Catharine, daughter of Moor Eussell, and died 
in Haverhill in 1835. 


Nathan B. Felton was born in Pelham, Mass., now Pres- 
cott, in 1798. Of his early years nothing is known until he 
began to fit for college at Chester, Vt., where he remained 
about a year and a half, and then entered the junior year at 
Middlebury College, Vt. After graduation he immediately 
entered the office of Gen. Charles W. Field of Newfane, Vt., 
and was admitted to the bar at that place in 1824. In the 
same year he began the practice of his profession at Leb- 
anon, where he remained about ten years, holding in the 
meantime the position of postmaster under President Jack- 
son. Mr. Felton came to Haverhill in 1834, and continued 
to live here till the time of his death in 1876, the greater 
part of the time in the full practice of the law. He was 
clerk of the court for ten years, and also held the office of 
register of probate. He served the Town for some time as 

LA^VYERS. 275 

town clerk, and was also a representative to the legislature 
for several years. 

Mr. Felton was slightly below medium stature and of 
slender frame, with bushy head and shaggy eye-brows, firm 
mouth and thoughtful face. Intellectually he was amply 
endowed, with large capacity of acquisition. He fitted for 
the junior class in college in eighteen months from the time 
he began to study Latin and Greek, an extraordinary feat 
even in those days when the requirements were not so exact- 
ing as they are now for entering college. He was fond of 
his books, and took great pleasure in following out investiga- 
tions to the end, as far as his means of knowledge would 
allow. This habit made him a thorough lawyer, whose opin- 
ion was desirable and trustworthy for such as wished to know 
the law in a given matter. One who knew him well, and is 
eminently qualified to judge in the matter, pays this high 
tribute to his legal standing and acquirements, "Mr. Felton 
was a careful, painstaking and learned lawyer." The late 
William H. Duncan once remarked to me that Chief Justice 
Perley said to him that in knowledge of court procedure,, 
Mr. Felton had no superior in the state, and that he himself 
on several occasions while holding court, had called in Mr. 
Felton's aid in reference to such matters. His mind was 
eminently judicial. 

Mr. Felton was a man of marked integrity, in whose 
trustworthiness the entire community had the fullest confi- 
dence, and his death was sincerely mourned by all who knew 
him. He was a man of few words, but always weighed well 
what he said, quiet in his manners and of a subtle humor, 
and is said rarely to have carried to his home the cares and 
perplexities of his professional work. He was a man of 
great kindness of heart, and was a genuine friend of the 
poor and dependent, and the services which he rendered this 
class of the community was no inconsiderable item in his long 
professional career. He was far above the average of even 


«ducated persons in intelligence, and had always within reach 
both at his office and at his home a standard encyclopedia. 
He lived a plain and unostentatious life, and was one of the 
most esteemed members of the bar and of the community. 
Mr. Felton married Ann M. Eeding, sister of Hon. John 
R. Reding and of the late Silvester Eeding. 


David Dicky came to Haverhill from Epsom about 1838-9, 
but he did not remain there many years. He was born in 
1806, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1835, 
rather late in life. He is said to have been a man of good 
ability, but lacked ambition and purpose in his profession, 
and was rather given to money-making. He married a 
daughter of John Nelson of Haverhill. 


David H. Collins was a lawyer in Haverhill from 1839 to 
1843. He was born in Deerfield in 1812, and received his 
collegiate education at Dartmouth College, graduating from 
that institution in 1835. He held the office of register of 
probate for several years, and whilst in that position did ex- 
cellent service in arranging the papers and making an index, 
so that the Grafton county office was one of the best ordered 
in the state. He was a man of much literary taste, and 
possessed a fund of wit and humor. He stood high in college 
as a scholar, and gave considerable attention to the study of 
literature and political science in his short life. His letters, 
it is said, show a fresh, keen and observing mind, and his 
style is pure and polished. He was esteemed by those who 
knew him best as a man of fine intellectual ability, even 
brilliant, and v»as considered one of the most promising 
young men in the state. In manners he viras gentlemanly 
and refined, tending to a trifle of singularity, and was re- 
garded as a little reserved by casual acquaintances, but with 
his intimate friends he was always the center of interest and 


sociability. In person he was tall and slender, with strong- 
features, and withal a man of most worthy character. 
Owing to poor health he went from Haverhill to his native 
place, and died there of consumption at the age of thirty- 
one. He was an Episcopalian in religion, and left the larger 
part of his property to religious purposes. The last winter 
of his life he spent in the South. 


Jonas Darius Sleeper, son of Jonas and Sally (Bean) 
Sleeper, was born in Gilford in 1814, and came to Haverhill 
in 1848. In that year he was appointed clerk of the court 
for Grafton county, and held that position till 1860, when 
he accepted the cashiership of the State Capital Bank of 
Concord. This last trust he held only one year, and was 
then appointed clerk of the court for Merrimack county, the 
duties of which he continued to perform to the close of his 
life. He was a director in the State Capital Bank from 1861 
to 1865, and continued such after the bank was changed to the 
National State Capital Bank. 

]Mr. Sleeper was a thoroughly trained man, and received 
his academic education at Gilmanton Academy and at New 
Hampton, and afterwards graduated from Brown's Univesity, 
R. I., in 1836. After leaving college he entered the office 
of Hon Josiah Quincy of Rumney, where lie remained three 
years pursuing his professional studies, and was admitted to 
the bar in 1843. Soon after he began the practice of his 
profession at Hill, and remained there about six years. 

Mr. Sleeper was elected a state senator for Grafton county 
for two terms, and was a man of utmost integrity and unim- 
peachable character. His abilities by nature and by training 
were of a high order, and in the discharge of the various 
duties, which important positions placed upon him, he was 
scrupulously faithful and trustworthy. He is described by 
one who knew him well, " as a gentleman in his deportment 

278 HISTORY or haverhill. 

at all times, an honest man, one of the best of citizens, a 
very able, faithful and popular clerk of the court, and a 
friend to everybody and everybody a friend to him." 

Mr. Sleeper was a singularly social man and a very genial 
companion. His life was most exemplary, and his habits 
were always correct. He was a man of generous impulses 
and actions, and was cordially helpful in a quiet and unob- 
trusive way in all deserving endeavors. In 1845 he married 
Martha Grace, daughter of Hon. Josiah Quincy, and died in 
Plymouth whilst engaged in a referee case in 1858. 


Mr. Bryant was born in Meredith in 1800, and after leav- 
ing his native place he lived in Bristol till 1839, and then 
moved to Haverhill. He was deputy sheriff for Grafton 
county for a number of years, and pursued also the business 
of a surveyor of lands. During these years he devoted his 
leisure hours to the study of Latin and the law, and was 
admitted to the bar at Haverhill in 1846, where he practiced 
till his death in 1873. Mr. Bryant was a self-made man, 
and from the time he was thirteen years old he took care of 
himself. He was full of energy, industry and perseverance, 
and enjoyed a good practice. In his early life he was inter- 
ested in military matters, and was a captain of volunteers. 
He was a man of agreeable and cheerful manners, and was 
fond of conversation. Knowing the thorny path of those 
who rely upon themselves for an education, he was kind and 
helpful in aiding many during his lifetime in this direction. 
He was a constant attendant at church. 

Mr. Bryant married Hannah P. Edwards, and had a 
family of three children. The son, George Franklin, died 
whilst a member of Dartmouth College, Ann became Mrs. 
Gardiner Elliott, and lived for many years in the South, and 
Louisa married Hon. George W. Burleigh of Great Falls. 
Mrs. Elliott has a son, George Frank, an officer in the 



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United States navy, who was in the expedition in search of 
the Long exploration party which was lost some years ago 
in the Arctic regions. 


Mr. Page was born in Haverhill, Mass. in 1809, and 
came to Haverhill in early life. He was educated at the 
common schools and at the Academy, and read law with 
James W. Wood of Burlington, Iowa. He was admitted 
to the bar at Haverhill in 1844, and began the practice of 
law there. Previous to his study of the law he was engaged 
in teaching in Groton, Orford and Haverhill. At one time 
he was clerk in a store at Groton, and also engaged in busi- 
ness in Haverhill, aside from his profession. He was a 
justice of the peace, moderator of a town meeting in Groton, 
selectman of Benton, auditor for Haverhill a number of 
years and was captain of militia. In all the'se places he was 
faithful and competent. He vyas a member of the Congre- 
gational church. 

He married Margaret Taylor of Derry, and they had four 
children. The oldest son died in infancy, Samuel T. (see 
infra), one of the daughters married Hon. Alvin Burleigh, a 
prominent member of the Grafton county bar and speaker of 
the house of representatives in 1887, and the youngest 
daughter, Martha, died soon after her marriage to Mr. 
Whitney of Keene. 

Mr. Page was a kind hearted and peaceful citizen, unam- 
bitiously pursuing his profession, of gentle manners and 
slender in person. 


Mr. Thompson was born in 1802, was a graduate of Dart- 
mouth College ia the class of 1828. He practised law in 
Haverhill till 1855, and then went to Chicago. He married 
Mary Olcott of Hanover. He was a man of ability, suave 
in manners, and a favorite in society. Nothing stood be- 


tween him and professional success except enslavement to 
appetite. He died in Xew Jersey in 1882, at the home of a 
daughter. Mrs. Thompson is still living, a charming old 
lady in Washington. 


Came to Haverhill in 1853 from Hill, where he had been 
engaged in the practice of his profession for several years. 
His academic education was pursued in Cleveland, Ohio, and 
at Xorthfield and Hill Academy, and he read law for a time 
with J. D. Sleeper of Hill, and also with Nesmith and Pijse 
of Franklin, and was admitted to the bar at Plymouth in 
1849. A large practice has rewarded his professional life, 
and he is one of the older and more prominent lawyers at 
the Grafton county bar. He has been Town superintendent 
of school, a member of the board of trustees of Haverhill 
Academy, and is now president of the board. He is also 
president of the Bradford Savings Bank, Vt. He is a man 
of generous impulses, and of most cordial and hospitable 
disposition, is fond of social life, and abounds in story and 
anecdote, especially of the bar and court, ilr. Chapman 
has been successful in the accumulation of an ample fortune, 
and now lives in ease and somewhat retired from hard pro- 
fessional duty. He married Eleanor Towle of Flaverhill. 


Judge Morrison was of Scotch origin, and his ancestors 
were persons of prominence. He was born in 1819 in Bath, 
the son of William and Stiva (Young) Morrison. His 
mother was the daughter of Joshua and Abiah (Ladd) 
Young, and a granddaughter of Judge Ezekiel Ladd of 
Haverhill. He received his academic education at Xewbury, 
Vt., and pursued the study of the law with Goodall & 
Woods of Bath. He was admitted to the bar in 1842, and 
for a few years practiced his profession in partnership with 
Mr. Goodall. In 1845 he moved to Haverhill and continued 




to practice there till 1851, when he was appointed judge of 
the court of common pleas, which position he held for four 
years, when the courts were reorganized. From 1856 to 
1862 he practised his profession in Nashua, and in Manches- 
ter from 1864 till he moved to Concord a few years ago. In 
1862 he was appointed adjutant of the 11th Regiment, 
X. H. Vol., and served gallantly in the War of the Re- 
bellion til] near its close, when he was compelled to leave his 
post on account of a dangerous wound which he received at 
Spottsylvania in the campaign against Richmond. He was 
also in the battles of Fredericksburg, Vicksburg, Jackson 
and Knoxville. 

Judge iSIorrison is one of the most learned lawyers in the 
state, with an acute and critical legal mind. He is the 
author of several well-known law books, " Digest of the 
New Hampshire Reports,'' "New Hampshire Town Officers." 
He has also given much attention to literature, especially to 
theological studies, and wrote a book "Proofs of Christ's 
Resurrection from a Lawyer's Standpoint," a work which 
has been very highly spoken of by students in that line of 
thought and favorably received by the theological mind. He 
is a man of high character and a most excellent citizen. In 
his religious views he is a Congregationalist. He married 
Susan F. Fitch of Littleton. 


Judge Westgate was born in Plainfield in 1801, the son 
of a farmer. His early education he received in the common 
schools, and later he attended Kimball's Union Academy, 
from which he graduated in 1820. After graduation he 
taught school during the winter, and his health not admitting 
of his going to college, he entered the office of Hon. Charles 
Flanders of Plainfield, and was admitted to the bar at New- 
port in 1827. He began his professional career at Enfield, 
and remained there till 1856. Whilst at Enfield he held the 


office of school superintendent, was town clerk, and also 
post-master a term of years. On several occasions he was 
the Republican candidate for state senator, but owing to the 
strong majority against his party he failed of an election. 
In 1856 he was appointed register of probate, and since that 
time he has lived in Haverhill. He held this office for five 
years, and was then appointed judge of probate, a position 
which he filled till he was disqualified by constitutional limit- 
ation. He was also representative from Haverhill in 1861. 
In all these positions of trust and honor Judge Westgate 
was a faithful and trustworthy officer, bringing to his public 
duties a patience, fidelity and integrity that made him justly 
esteemed in the community in which he more immediately 
lived, as well as by the larger public which he so long and 
honorably served. Before his appointment to the office of 
register of probate he had built up a successful professional 
business at Enfield, and after coming to Haverhill he con- 
tinued the practice of his profession as far as his official 
duties would admit, till within a few years. He has always 
felt a deep interest in all public matters, and shared with his 
fellow citizens in all burdens for the advancement of society. 
He is a man of much kindness of heart, an excellent neigh- 
bor, a good citizen and enjoys the society of his friends. 

Judge A\'^e8tgate married for his first wife Lydia J., 
daughter of Dr. Prentiss of Springfield. His second wife 
Louise was the daughter of Hon. Austin Tyler of Claremont. 
Of their children, Tyler was educated at Kimball's Union 
Academy, and has been clerk of the state senate, register of 
probate, postmaster, and is now engaged in mercantile life ; 
William F. (see infra) ; two of the children, Jennie and 
George, are at home, and a son, Xathaniel, was a soldier in 
the War of the Rebellion, and died in prison at Danville, 


George F. Putnam was born in Croydon in 1841. His 


father's name was John Putnam and his mother's Almira 
(French) Putnam. He was educated at Thetford Academy, 
and at Norwich University, Vt., and studied law in the office 
of the late N. B. Felton and with Judge C. K. Morrison of 
Manchester. He was admitted to the bar at the latter place 
in 1867, and began the practice of his profession at Haver- 
hill, but subsequently he moved to Warren and remained 
there seven years. During this time he was solicitor for 
Grafton county in 1874—6, represented the town in the 
legislature for two years, was a member of the constitutional 
convention in 1876, and was also school committee. When 
Mr. Putnam represented Warren he was the Democratic 
candidate for speaker of the House. He also represented 
Haverhill in the legislature in 1868-9, and was school com- 
mittee of the Town. For several years he served as chair- 
man of the Democratic state committee, and was a delegate 
to the Democratic national convention at St. Louis which 
nominated Gov. Tilden for the presidency. 

In 1877 Mr. Putnam returned to Haverhill and took the 
office of the late Mr. Felton, where he continued the prac- 
tice of the law with much success till 1882, when he moved 
to Kansas City, Mo. He at once took a prominent position 
at the bar of that city, and one of his earliest cases there 
was the defence of a man indicted for murder, whose ac- 
quital he secured. He has withdrawn from general practice 
before the courts, and now confines himself chiefly to the 
management of the National Loan and Trust Association of 
Kansas City. His election to this large moneyed institution 
shows how deeply he had won the confidence of business 
men in his ability and integrity. 

Mr. Putnam is of medium height, somewhat stoutly built, 
quick and energetic in his gait, of a healthful and florid com- 
plexion, of superior abilities and well-trained. As an advocate 
he argued causes with fluency and ease, was forceful rather 
than elegant, always courteous to his brother lawyers and 


deferential to the court, a genial companion, though hardly 
a society man, as that term goes. He is regarded as an able 
lawyer, of great force of character, full of energy and car- 
paeity for work, public-spirited, of exemplary deportment 
and of generous impulses. He is a man of strong convic- 
tions, sometimes these border on the confines of prejudice, of 
a keen sense of justice which is apt to find expression in 
unornamented English, enjoys a good story and is quick to. 
see the wit of things. Dartmouth College conferred upon 
him the honorary degree of master of arts in 1870. He 
married Mary, daughter of the late Silvester Reding. 


Was born in Haverhill in 1834, the son of Daniel and L. 
(Colby) Morse. He was educated at Newbury, Vt., and 
at Xew Hampton, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 
1860. His professional studies were pursued with Oliver A. 
Lull and with Hon. Nathaniel W. Westgate, and he was 
admitted to the bar in 1863. He began the practice of the 
law at Haverhill, and was in partnership with Judge West- 
gate. He was register of probate from 1860 to 1870. 
Public service and a careless life barred his professional ad- 
vance, and in later years he has lived in the West. In his 
account of himself he mentioned as the most important event 
of his life that he " put in a substitute during the war." 
He is a man of humorous and genial nature. 


Is the son of David and Margaret (Taylor) Page, and was 
born in Haverhill in 1849. He was educated at Kimball's 
Union Academy, and is a graduate of Dartmouth College in 
the class of 1871. He studied law with his father, and with 
Cross & Burnham of Manchester, and was admitted to the 
bar at Amherst. Since that time he has practised his profes- 
sion at Haverhill. His professional life has been much in- 


terrupted by official duty. He was private secretary 4)0 Gov. 
Weston in 1874, and has held the office of register of pro- 
bate for eight years. In 1877-8 he represented the Town 
in the legislature, and again in the prolonged session in 1887. 
He spent some months in California as attorney in the in- 
terests of legatees to a. large estate. He was also for several 
years superintendent of schools. He married Frances Maria 
Eaton of Manchester, and they have two children. 

Mr. Page is a gentleman of affable and genial manners, 
and of quick mind. 


Mr. Page was born in Littleton in 1838, and received his 
education at Kingston and Exeter, at- Mclndoes Falls, and 
Lyndon, Vt., and at Union College, N. Y. He read law 
with Woods and Bingham of Bath and at the Albany Law 
School, N. Y., and was admitted to the bar in 1861 in Ver- 
mont. He was also admitted to practice in the United 
States district and circuit courts in 1869. He began the 
practice of his profession at Wells River, Vt. , and afterwards 
for a number of years he continued his practice at Warren 
and Concord. He is now at Woodsville. Whilst at War- 
ren he represented the Town in the legislature from 1863 to ' 
1869, and also was' a representative from Concord in 1874. 
He was a member of the constitutional convention in 1876 
from Haverhill, and represented the Town in the legislature 
in 1887. This was the session of the great railroad contest. 
Mr. Page was the parliamentary leader on one side during 
that controversy, and conducted the fight with marked skill 
and ability. He has also been a trustee of the State Normal 
School, and school superintendent for Haverhill. He is a 
man of talents and an able lawyer, affable in manners and 
of good presence. He married Martha C. Lang of Bath, 
who died recently, and they had four children. In 1868 
Dartmouth College conferred upon him the honorary degree 
of master of arts. 



Is the son of Hon. Nathaniel W. and Louisa (Tyler) West- 
gate, and was born in Enfield in 1852. He was educated 
at Haverhill, Meriden and New London Academies, and at 
the Chandler Scientific School of Dartmouth College. He 
read law with his father and with Hon. Geo. F. Putnam, 
and was admitted to the bar in 1880. Since his admission 
he has practised his profession in Haverhill. He has been 
superintendent of schools and was a representative in 1883. 
In 1884 he was elected register of probate, and re-elected in 
1886, which position he now holds. He is also a surveyor 
of lands and is engaged in insurance business. Mr. West- 
gate has taken an active interest in politics, and is a leader 
in the counsels and actions of his party. 



Samuel White— John Porter — Samuel Hale— Malrtin Phelps — Isaac Moore — 
Amasa Scott — Edmiind Carleton — Ezra Bartlett— Ezra Bartlett, Jr. — John 
Angler- Joel Angler — An eon Brackett— Simon B. Heath — Hiram Morgan — 
Henry Hayes — Edward Mattocks — Phineas Spalding — Heni-y B. Leonard- 
Thomas Tenny— Samuel P. Carbee — Haven Palmer— Moses D. Carhee— Clar- 
ence H. Clark— Edward J. Brown — Henry P. Watson— Charles R. Gibson- 
Oliver D. Eastman — Charles Newcomta — Myron S. Wetherbee — jJames B. 
Clark, Dentist — Moses N. Howland, Dentist. 

Doctors like lawyers exert a large influence in the com- 
munity in which they live. They are generally men of 
trained minds, often of the largest mental endowment, and 
rank favorably with any class of educated persons. Their 
relation to the community under peculiar circumstances gives 
them a strong hold on the affections and confidence of indi- 
viduals and families. The doctors of Haverhill from the 
first will compare favorably with those of other country 
towns, whilst there are names in the list which for high 
character, professional skill and large ability, have more than 
a local renown. Of some of the earlier physicians not much 
has come down to our time, but through the care of the late 
Dr. W. H. Carter of Bradford, who knew him well, a 
minute account of probably the first physician that practised 
medicine in Haverhill is perserved. 


Was this first physiciaii, and began the practice of medicine 
in this region in 1773. He was born in Plaistow in 1750, 
and studied medicine with a prominent physician in Haver- 
hill, Mass., Dr. Brackett. After completing his studies he 
practised his profession in his native town for one or two 
years, and then came to Cohos, where a brother and sister, 
Mrs. Jacob Kent, were living, and concluded to try his for- 
tunes in the infant settlement. He was well qualified by 


sound knowledge and self-reliance for the duties of his pro- 
fession, notwithstanding his early advantages of education 
were somewhat limited. Although living in Newbury, he 
was in reality the physician of Newbury and Haverhill, since 
both settlements were as one community at that time. In- 
deed, he was for a while the only physician in all this region, 
and often was called long distances to see patients, going on 
foot or on snow-shoes over untrodden ways. There was no 
physician north of him, and he went as far as Lancaster on 
professional duty. During the Revolution he acted as sur- 
geon to the soldiers stationed in this section, and on one 
occasion he accompanied troops to western Vermont. He 
had the confidence of the people, and was successful in treat- 
ment of diseases. He was fond of story, and abounded in 
wit and humor, remarking on one occasion that he had 
" poor luck with his patients in their last illness." Two of 
his book accounts, — 1773 to 1790, — were in existence a 
few years since, and give an insight into the medical practice 
of that day. For an ordinary visit the charge was a shilling, 
about twenty-five cents ; to Haverhill, from two to six shil- 
lings. Medicine was always charged extra. Dr. White 
used few remedies as a rule, although he mentions one hun- 
dred and fifty remedial agents in the two book accounts men- 
tioned above. Some sort of physic stands first, being used 
one thousand six hundred and thirty times. Bleeding was 
common, five hundred and four times. Surgical operations 
were few and confined mostly to minor cases ; ten arms and 
three legs were set during the period covered by the two 
book accounts. He mentions during the same period only 
seven confinements, due probably to the greater employment 
of mid-wives in those days. Alcohol took the place of opi- 
ates. Dr. White had a large family of children, consisting 
of several pairs of twins. 


Is Spoken of as Dr. Porter as early as 1776 in connection 


with the preliminary evidence iti regard to Col. Asa Porter's 
connection with the conspiracy to hand the Cohos country 
over to the British. But whether he was a practising phy- 
sician of Haverhill is not certain. Nothing is known of him 
except that he was probably a brother of Col. Asa Porter. 


Dr. Butler was one of the earlier physicians of Haverhill, 
but of whom little is learned. He probably came to the 
Cohos Settlement in the closing years of the Revolution, as 
he was married before 1783, and he died within a few years, 
as his widow, who was a daughter of Col. Timothy Bedel, 
married Samuel Brooks in 1787 or 1788. 


Samuel Hale's name is mentioned in the Proprietors' record 
as a physician, and in 1778 he is voted eighteen shillings for 
doctoring Ezekiel Chapman's family, but whether he was a 
settled physician in Haverhill is not certainly known. 


It is not certain when Dr. Phelps came to Haverhill, but 
it was as early as 1782, since in that year he acted as attend- 
ing surgeon to the soldiers at Haverhill under Col. Charles 
Johnston. His name appears as one of the original mem- 
bers when the First Congregational church was organized in 
1790, and he was chosen a deacon in the church. Nothing 
can be learned of his early days, and little is perserved con- 
cerning his life in Haverhill, except that tradition comes 
down that he was a man of great excellence of character, 
and was regarded as a competent physician in those days 
when medical science was crude as compared with its present 
advanced position. He lived on Ladd stteet where Mrs. 
Osgood Morse now lives. He married a daughter of Sam- 
uel Ladd. Dr. Phelps moved from Haverhill in 1792, and 
according to tradition went to Keene. 



Was a practising physician in Haverhill as early as 1787. 
He was of Scotch origin, and was born in Worcester, Mass., 
in 1765 and came to this region in early life. He was 
trained in a rugged atmosphere, and saw when only fifteen 
years of age the sacking of Royalton, Vt., by the Indians 
and British. He remained in Haverhill only a few years, and 
then, 1790, moved to Bath. By a vote of Bath in 1789 
Dr. Morse was directed to ' ' set up a house of inoculation " 
in that town, but the prejudice against the project was so 
strong that the building was torn down before it was finished. 
The next year, however, he renewed the project and com- 
pleted a small-pox hospital, and advertised the same in a 
paper in Windsor, Vt., for the accommodation of "those 
who wished to take the small-pox by the easy and safe 
method of inoculation." During his residence in Bath he 
also was the attending physician to many people in Littleton, 
and finally moved to the north part of the town in 1806, 
but remained only a few years and returned to Bath. He 
was somewhat prominent in town matters, and kept a public 
house in his closing years, which it is thought had some rela- 
tion to his early death in 1818. His wife was a daughter of 
Col. Timothy Bedel, and was quite young at the time of her 
marriage. They had a family of thirteen children. Dr. 
Moore is reported as a man of much natural talent, and as 
having a genius for medicine and the treatment of diseases, 
though his knowledge of books was not large. He was 
noted for his humor, and is said to have been somewhat 
rough in manners and speech which shocked those of refined 


Dr. Scott came to Haverhill as the successor of Dr. Phelps 
and lived in the Phelps house on Ladd street, which he kept 
as a sort of hospital tavern for invalids. Of him even less 
is known than of Dr. Phelps. He moved from Haverhill at 


the beginiiing of the present century, probably went to Han- 
over ; at least he lived in Hanover in 1815, for in that year 
he went to Warren to attend spotted fever patients, which 
diseasfe raged with such fury and destruefeiveness in that town, 
and is said to have had excellent success in treating such 
cases, when other physicians seemed entirely to have failed^ 
During Dr. Scott's residence in Haverhill he served as mod- 
erator in 1800-1-2. 


Dr. Carleton was born in Haverhill, Mass., in 1771, and 
studied medicine in Dover. He came to Haverhill in 1796, 
and pursued the practice of his profession for over forty 
years, dying in 1838. He was a prominent man in the com- 
munity, and especially took ah active part in the work of the 
church, in the history of which he was a large and influen- 
tial factor, and held the office of deacon for nearly a quarter 
of a century. 

In his profession he stood high, being perhaps the leading 
physician in this region, and he enjoyed a large and lucrative 
practice. He was much in demand for consultation with 
neighboring doctors. He was regarded as a progressive 
physician in his day. Even as long ago as in his earlier 
practice, it is said, he used the more diminutive doses in the 
administration of medicine, and maintained that he found 
better results than could be secured by the customary method 
then in vogue. In this he simply anticipated a change that 
has now become the rule, and the fact distinguishes him as a 
man of an inquiring and scientific turn of mind. 

Dr. Carleton lived at first in a small house which stood a 
little south of the large house he afterwardis built and which 
for many years was the residence of his son Arthur. Dr. 
Carleton had a family of seven children. Edmund, the 
oldest son, (see Chapv XVII) ; two sons moved to Indiana,, 
and Arthur remained on the old homestead. He married 

292 HISTORY or haverhill. 

Sarah A. Athertoh, a woman of much intelligence and of 
noble character. One of Dr. Carletdh's danghters, Joanna, 
became Mrs. Wilder, now living in St. Johnsbury, Vt., and 
is the only survivor of Dr. Carleton's family. Mrs. Charles 
Adams of Windsor, Vt., is a granddaughter of Dr. Carle- 

Dr. Carleton died of cancer, and for several years before 
his death he had retired from practice. He was a quiet but 
genial man, with a spicing of quaint and subtle humor. 
Though undemonstrative in manner and conversation, he 
was full of animation when he got interested in a subject, and 
had a habit of enforcing his argument with the phrase, "fact 
is." He had a shrewd mind and a keen insight into men 
and things, and was a man of great good nature, whom every 
body esteemed and loved, and he combined with this, kind 
words and acts with dignity of deportment. He was pre- 
eminently a good man, and was the friend of the church and 
of the minister. His life illustrates the words, " the good 
we do lives after us." 


Dr. Bartlett was a very prominent person both as a physi- 
cian and as a public man in Grafton county. He was born 
in Kingston in 1770. His father was Josiah Bartlett, gover- 
nor of the state in 1790, and also one of the signers of the 
Declaration of Independence. Dr. Bartlett before moving 
to Haverhill in 1812 was a practicing physician for some 
years in Warren, where he had gained a wide reputation as 
a skilful physician and surgeon. He was in active practice 
in Haverhill for thirty-six years, and was during that time a 
leading physician in this region, sharing the field part of the 
time with Dr. Carleton. He was frequently called for con- 
sultation in neighboring towns. Dartmouth College con- 
ferred upon him the honorary degree of Master of Arts in 


In addition to his duties as a, physician he held many posi- 
tions of public trust and honor. During his residence in 
Warren he represented that town in the legislature. In 
1822 he was a member of, the governor's council, and was 
at one time a presidential elector and a state senator. He 
also held judicial positions, though not a professional lawyer, 
as in early times persons were elevated to such places, whose 
knowledge of the law was not a prime qualification. Clergy- 
men, physicians and merchants wore the ermine, and it is 
said they made better judges than professional lawyers did. 
Dr. Bartlett was an associate judge of the court of Common 
Pleas, judge of the Circuit court, and chief justice of the 
Court of Sessions, and all these places he filled with credit 
to himself and with fidelity to the public. 

Dr. Bartlett had a large family of children, and of the 
seven sons, five adopted the profession of their father, some 
becoming quite eminent as physicians. One of the sons, 
Josiah, was a skillful practitioner in StraflTord, and lost 
his life in the great draw-bridge disaster at Newalk, Conn. ; 
another son, Levi, was a physician in Syracuse, N. Y. ; 
Ezra, (see infra.) 

Dr. Bartlett was a man of character and high standing, 
and exei'ted a strong influence, not only as a professional 
man, but also in a general way on the community. He died 
in 1848. 


Dr. Ezra Bartlett, Jr., son of the above, was born in 
Warren in 1811, and came when a year old with his. parents 
to Haverhill. His early education was received in the com- 
mon schools and at Haverhill Academy, where he fitted for 
college, but did not enter. After studying medicine with his 
uncle. Dr. John French of Bath, and with his father, he at ■ 
tended lectures at the medical department of Dartmouth 
College, and graduated in 1832. 

He went to Virginia and began the practice of medicine 


in Warminster, but remained only one year. Being called 
to Haverhill on account of his father's illness, he entered into 
partnership with him. He practised his profession, however, 
only a few years in Haverhill, and then went to South Ber- 
wick, Me., where he continued fifteen years. After this he 
was a physician in East Boston for four years and then moved 
to Exeter, where he has continued to live and to practice 
medicine till within a few years, when he retired from active 
professional duties. 

During the last two years of the War of the Rebellion he 
was a "contract surgeon," and was assigned wherever his 
services were most needed. He was for the greater part of 
the time on duty with the armies operating in Tennessee and 
in Georgia. After Gen. Sherman's march to the sea, he 
went to Hilton Head, S. C, and soon after returned home. 

Dr. Bartlett married twice : first, Sarah Calef of Saco, 
Me., and second, Mrs. Eleanor Augusta Tucker, widow of 
John Hubbard, a lawyer of South Berwick, Me. By the 
first marriage there is one surviving child, Josiah Calef 

Dr. Bartlett has been a very successful and skillful physi- 
cian, and has always enjoyed a large and lucrative practice. 
He is fond of social life and enjoys the society of his friends. 


Dr. Angier was born in Fitzwilliam in 1784. Of his 
early education nothing is known. He first began the prac- 
tice of medicine in Alstead, but very soon after that he went 
to Maine for a short time, and then returned to Alstead. In 
1827 he came to North Haverhill, and was, it is said, the 
first physician that lived in that part of the Town. He is 
reported to have been a good physician with quite an exten- 
sive practice. He died in 1836, losing his life by being 
thrown from a buggy whilst on a visit to Weathersfield, Vt. 
He was a large man, over six feet high, well built. He took 


an active part in public matters, and was a man of energy 
and ability. In looks he resembled, it is said. Gen. Jack- 
son, 80 much so, that when the hero of New Orleans came , 
to Concord during his presidency, Dr. Angier who was a 
member of the legislature and one of the marshals when 
Gen. Jackson was escorted to the State House, was taken 
for the old hero by the throng which was present on that 

Mrs. Nathaniel M. Swasey is a daughter of Dr. Angier, 
and two sons, J. Dorsey and George W., (see Chap. XIX.) 


Dr. Joel Angier was a nephew of Dr. John Angier, and 
came to Haverhill in 1840 from Acworth. He was a physi- 
cian at North Haverhill for five or six years, and then moved 
to Swiftwater and later to Bath, practising his profession in 
both places. He is said to have been a good physician. 
From Bath he went into the western country. 


Dr. Anson Brackett was born in Wheelock, Vt., and pur- 
sued the study of medicine with Dr. Alexander of Danville, 
Vt., and took his degree of M. D. from the Medical College 
of Burlington, Vt. He began the practice of medicine in 
North Danville, Vt., but in a few years he moved to Lyons, 
N. Y., where he gained much success in his profession. 
Afterwards he came to Haverhill and remained here about 
six years, and then moved to Gainsville, Fla., where he 
lived till his death. Dr. Brackett married twice : first, Mary 
Chamberlain of Lyndon, Vt., and second, a lady in Massa- 
chusetts. He had no children. 

Dr. Brackett was a man of more than ordinary ability, 
and with his natural talents he combined great energy and 
decision of character, which made him a leader in his profes- 
sion. Though not a liberally educated man in academic 
studies, he was well-read in the science of medicine, and 


was not only one of the leading physician of the vicinity 
whilst he lived in Haverhill, but after going to Gainsville, 
Fla. , he rose to be one of the first physicians and surgeons 
in that State. He displayed in early practice an aptitude 
and skill in surgery, and performed whilst in Haverhill some 
very important operations. He amputated the leg of Frank 
B. Palmer, who afterwards became famous as the inventor 
of a world-renowned artificial limb. The case was a very 
critical one, the leg being torn in a bark mill in Bradford, 
Vt., and the patient was much exhausted before the opera- 
tion was performed. Dr. Brackett was an uncompromising 
temperance man, and would allow no stimulants to be admin- 
istered to the young man, but after the limb was taken off, 
and being appealed to by his assistant physician, he con- 
sented to a strong cup of tea being given the patient. T^hose 
who knew Dr. Brackett and had an opportunity to estimate 
his abilities and learning, give it as their opinion that had 
he passed his professional career in one of our larger cities, 
he could have gained a foremost rank as a skilled physician 
and surgeon. He was a man of high character, devoted as 
a husband, true as a friend, and faithful to all his public 


The record of this person is brief and his life may be said 
to have been a failure. He was a man of considerable nat- 
ural ability, but as is so often the case, it was sadly misused. 
Dr. Heath studied medicine with Dr. Brackett, and when 
the latter moved to Florida, he took his place as a practi- 
tioner in Haverhill. In a year or two he associated with 
himself Dr. Hiram Morgan, but the partnership did not 
prove happy, and was soon dissolved. In 1842 Dr. Heath 
left Haverhill and moved to Groton, Vt. His besettins: in- 
firmity was intemperance. 



Dr. Morgan was born in Rochester, Vt., in 1804, and 
received his early education in the common schools of his 
native place. He was a bright-minded boy, and gave early 
promise of future usefulness and success. He began the 
study of medicine with Dr. Page of Bethel, Vt., and gradu- 
ated from the medical school of Woodstock, Vt., in 1833. 
He first practised his profession in Hancock, and afterwards 
in Corinth, Vt., and then came to Haverhill and was for a 
short time in partnership with Dr. Heath. After a profes- 
sional career in Haverhill for ten or twelve years, he went to 
New York and attended a course of lectures in that city, in 
order to prosecute his work more successfully, but soon after 
his return he was striken with a severe disease and was so 
broken in health that he relinquished the practice of medicine 
during the remainder of his life. Dr. Morgan was a man of 
natural ability, and but for his health he would undoubtedly 
have risen to a very high position in his profession. Soon 
after coming to Haverhill he married Elizabeth, daughter of- 
Col. Edward Towle, a woman of most gentle spirit and of 
refined tastes and culture, of whom the late William H. 
Duncan said, " The death of Mrs. Elizabeth Towle Morgan 
has taken away from the refined and intelligent society of 
Haverhill one of its most valued members." 


Dr. Hayes was a Scotchman, and came to Haverhill from 
Stanstead, Canada. He pursued his professional studies 
with Dr. Colby of that place and was highly commended to 
the people of Haverhill by his preceptor. When he began 
the practice of medicine in Haverhill his prpspects were 
good, and he was employed by many of the best families 
who became warm friends of his. But at that time there 
was a super-abundance of physicians in Haverhill, and the 
competition was so sharp, that Dr. Hayes moved to Brad- 


ford, Vt., and practised his profession there for a time. He 
afterwards went to Irisburg, Vt., and remained several 
years, and then settled as a physician in Plartland, 
Vt., and later in Massachusetts where he died. Dr. Hayes 
was a well-read physician, but he did not seem to stay long 
in any one place, or take deep root. 


Dr. Mattocks was a son of Governor Mattocks of 
Vermont, and came to Haverhill about the same time that 
Dr. Hayes did, but he failed in securing business, and soon 
left for Lyndon, Vt. He died young and was unsuccessful 
in his profession. 


Dr. Spalding easily ranks amongst the ablest of the physi- 
cians who practised medicine in Haverhill. He also is 
amongst those who practised their profession here for a long 
term of years. He was born in Sharon, Vt., in 1799, and 
is the son of Reuben and Joshua (Carpenter) Spalding. 
He is the seventh in descent from the first American ances- 
tors of that name. His father at the ag6 of fourteen, with 
an older brother, came, from Connecticut to Vermont before 
the Revolution, and settled in Sharon. He was a man of 
streng character and sterling worth, prominent in civil and 
religious matters, a deacon in the church for fifty years, and 
a soldier in the Revolution. He lived to be ninety-three 
years old. His wife was a woman of excellent character, 
and was devoted to the interests of the family. 

The early years of Dr. Spalding were passed on the farm, 
and I his educational advantages were somewhat scanty, but 
by diligent application to study at night, after the work of 
the day was over, and with a strong desire to enlarge the 
range of his knowledge, he managed to lay the foundations 
of a good education and was enabled to teach school, both 
in his native town and also in Montpelier, where he taught 

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for four years. He was very successful as a teacher, and 
threw into his work the full force of his natural energy and 
enthusiasm. Meantime he read medicine and pursued the 
study of Latin with his brother James. Afterwards he at- 
tended two courses of lectures at the medical school of Dart- 
mouth College, and graduated from that institution in 1823. 
He began the practice of medicine at Lyndon, Vt., where 
for fifteen years he enjoyed a successful and prosperous pro- 
fessional career, and- was one of the leading citizens of that 
town. In 1835 he received the honorary degree Master of 
Arts from the University of Vermont. Dr. Spalding moved 
to Haverhill in 1839, but the year before he settled there he 
took a course of lectures at the Harvard Medical College 
and then went to Brooklyn, N. Y., with the intention of 
practising his profession in that city, biit owing to the deli- 
cate health of his wife he abandoned his plan and returned 
to Lyndon and soon after moved to Haverhill, where he has 
since lived, in the enjoyment of an honored position in his 
profession and of a large and successful practice, till advanc- 
ing age admonished him to lay down a calling which he loved 
and adorned. 

Dr. Spalding has always taken a deep interest in his pro- 
fession, not only as a practitioner, but also in the advance- 
ment of medical science. He attended regularly the various 
medical associations of which he was a member, and con- 
tributed both to the papers which came before these bodies 
and also to their discussions. He has been a member of the 
Washington county and the Caledonia county Medical Socie- 
ties of Vermont, and was the originator of the Moosilauk 
Medical Society of New Hampshire and its president for 
many years. He was a delegate on several occasions to the 
American Medical Society and a frequent contributor of arti- 
cles and reporter of numerous cases to medical journals. 
One of these was of special interest, a case of ' ' inter-capsu- 
lar fracture of the thigh-bone." This case he had success- 


fully treated, though at that time a cure of such had been 
denied by the highest authority. The case was first reported 
in the Xew England Medical Journal for 1827, and after- 
wards an autopsy verified the cure. This verification was 
reported in the Boston Medical Journal. He also was a 
lecturer in 1841 on surgery in the Woodstock (Vt. ) Medi- 
cal College, and had as associates in the faculty such well- 
known men as Drs. H. H. Childs, Alonzo W. Clark, B. B. 
Palmer and S. W. Thayer. He has been a positive factor 
in the advancement and achievement of his profession, both 
where he lived and through his contributions. His mind is 
both practical and scientific, and he is instinctively thorough. 

In addition to his medical acquirements he has been a well- 
read man in general subjects of history, religion and phil- 
osophy, and has been by no means a mere technical student- 
He has also written much for the secular and religious press, 
and within a year or two — he is now in his 90th year — he 
has written for the interest and pleasure and instruction of 
his family and intimate friends, " Spalding Memorial," a 
volume of three hundred and fifty pages, which discloses a 
wonderful tenacity of memory and use of his mental powers. 

Dr. Spalding has always taken a deep interest in public- 
matters, and whatever concerns the well-being of society. 
He was an early advocate of temperance, and organized in 
1828, it is supposed, the first temperance society of Ver- 
mont, and was president of the Caledonia County Young- 
Glen's Temperance Society when he moved from that state. 
He has always discarded the use of alcohol as a beverage, 
and also the. use of tobacco. He has taken a prominent 
leading part in church matters, being a deacon in the Con- 
gregational church in Lyndon, Vt., also chosen to the same 
office in the church at Haverhill, which however, he declined, 
and has been one of the, most active, valuable and liberal 
members of the church. In all matters of public interest, 
whether of town, church or state, he bas been an energetic 

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and public-spirited leader. The first meeting in this region 
in reference to the B. C. & M. railroad was held in Haver^. 
hill, and was called by him and Harty Stevens of Uarnet, 
Vt. He has also been a warm friend of education ; was the 
prime mover in securing Lyndon Academy, took an active 
interest in Haverhill Academy, was one of its trustees for 
many years, gave to it time and money, and served for two 
years as superintendent of schools in Town. 

Dr. Spalding would have been a remarkable man in any 
community. His intellectual endowment is large, and his 
common sense is a conspicuous trait of his make-up. His 
sense of humor is the least prominent feature of his mental 
character. His reasoning is direct and mathematical, and 
hp. always sees things in the concrete, and not as an abstrac- 
tion, though he is not wanting in a certain poetical turn of 
imagination. Morally, his ideal is high, and his sense of 
right and wrong is keen. His religious nature is developed 
more through his intellect than through the emotions, though 
his kindness and sympathy are tender and deep. He takes 
large ^'iews of things, though a strong partisan in church 
and. politics, and is never trivial in the treatment of questions 
of duty and action. What he does he does intelligently and 
from a conviction of what he sees is right. He is social, 
hospitable, fond of company, loves argument, and is entirely 
free from demagogism. He is a staunch friend of all that is 
good, and steadfast in purpose — full of hope, courage, 

Dr. Spalding married twice : first, Caroline B. Lathrop, 
and they had two children, Caroline A., Mary G., Mrs. Jas. 
H. Towle. Mrs. Spalding died within three years after 
coming to Haverhill, and was a woman of superior worth. 
For his second wife he married Charlotte Merrill, and their 
children are Frank M., living in Kansas, and Ada L. who 
married Henry D. Janes of New York. Mrs. Spalding 
died recently and was a woman of marked excellence of 


character and of womanly grace and refinement. Miss Car- 
oline A. Spalding lived at home all her life and died a few 
years ago. She was a woman of superior ability and highly 
cultivated, and had gained an honorable position in literature, 
especially in poetry, a collection of which is published in the 
"Spalding Memorial" volume. She was Haverhill's lit- 
erary woman. 


Dr. Leonard was the son of Gains and Eunice (Spalding) 
Leonard, and was born in Sharon, Vt. His early days were 
passed on a farm, but by perseverance he acquired a fair 
academic education, and commenced the study of medicine 
with his uncle, Dr. James Spalding of Montpelier, Vt., and 
graduated from the Medical College at Woodstock, Vt. He 
began the practice of his profession at North Haverhill in 
1842, and continued to do so till his death. He married 
Nancy Swasey of North Haverhill. They had no children. 
Dr. Leonard acquired a good reputation as a physician, and 
had quite an extensive and successful practice. He was a 
man much respected by his fellow citizens, and represented 
the Town in the legislature for several years. 


Dr. Tenny became a practising physician in Haverhill in 
1858, but on account of ill health he did not remain long in 
Town. He moved to Kansas where he practised his profes- 
sion for a number of years till his death. He was a man of 
excellent character, and gained an honorable position in his 
profession. He married Sarah Johnston of Haverhill. 
They had no children. 


Dr. Carbee is the youngest son of John H. Carbee, and 
was born in Bath in 1836. In his youth he attended the 
common schools in his native town and afterwards pursued 


his studies at Newbury Seminary, where he fitted himself to 
become a teacher in the public schools and followed that 
occupation for a time. In 1850 he began the study of medi- 
cine with Dr. Albert H. Crosby of "Wells River, and con- 
tinued his studies with Drs. Dixi and A. B. Crosby of Han- 
over, but these were interrupted in 1892, when he enlisted 
as a private in the 12th Eegiment N. H. Vol. He was sub- 
sequently commissioned an assistant surgeon, and served in 
that capacity till the close of the war. He was with his 
regiment at the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellors ville, 
Gettysburg, and was with the Army of the Potomac from 
the Wilderness to the capture of Richmond. 

After his discharge at the close of the war he at once re- 
sumed his medical studies at Dartmouth College, from which 
institution he graduated in 1866. He began the practice of 
medicine at Haverhill as the successor of Dr. Tenny. 

Dr. Carbee has pursued his profession with enthusiasm 
and success, and has built up a large and lucrative 
practice. He is a man of energy and force, and wields a 
large influence. On a visit to the West several years ago he 
was prostrated with illness, and since his return he has 
somewhat withdrawn from the extensive practice of former 
years. In the sick room he is a general favorite, has a large 
circle of warm friends^ and is a man of generous impulses 
and cheerful disposition. He is a member of the White 
Mountain and New Hampshire Medical Societies, and for 
many years he has been medical examiner of leading life in- 
surance companies. He also served for twelve years on the 
examining board for pensions with Dr. Watkins of Newbury 
and Dr. Nelson of Wells River. 

Dr. Carbee has always been interested in public matters. 
He has been a delegate a number of times to county and 
state political conventions. In 1884 he was elected county 
commissioner on the Republican ticket and re-elected in 
1886. He is public-spirited and gives cheerful aid in all 


matters for the progress of society. He is a member of tlie 
the board of education under the town-system. Dr. Carbee 
married N. Delia Buck, daughter of the late Lyman Buck. 


Dr. Haven Palmer, son of Lewis and Susan H. Palmer, 
was born in Jefferson in 1843. His early education was 
acquired in the public schools and at Lancaster Academy. 
He began the study of medicine with Dr. Barney of Lancas- 
ter, and attended lectures at Bowdoin Medical College, from 
which institution he graduated in his profession. He first 
practised medicine at Wentworth, remaining a little over a 
year, and then went to Haverhill in 1872 and was in partner- 
ship with Dr. Samuel P. Carbee for a year or two. After- 
wards he settled in Meredith where he continued till 1883. 
He is now a practising physician in Plymouth. Dr. Palmer 
is a successful practitioner and stands high in the profession, 
and is a man of high character. Being asked on occasion of 
a critical consultation to " take something," he declined, 
whereupon his brother physician said, "You are one in a 
thousand." "So be it," was the firm temperance answer. 
Dr. Palmer married Lucy J. Ellis of Lancaster. 


Dr. Moses D. Carbee was born in Newbury, Vt., in 1847, 
the son of Thomas H. and Olive L. Carbee. He pursued his 
academic studies in the Academy at Lancaster, and studied 
medicine with Dr. Frank Bugbee of that Town. He at- 
tended lectures at the medical department of the University 
of Vermont, and graduated from that school in 1873. His 
first practice was at Lunenburg, Vt., but he remained there 
only a short time, and then coming to Haverhill in 1874 he 
entered into partnership with Dr. Samuel P. Carbee, which 
continued till 1882. Since then he has been in practice by 
himself. He was post-master under President Hayes' admin- 
istration. Dr. Carbee also at one time was enffasred in 


teaching. He married Mary F. Dexter of New York. The 
winter of 1886—7 he spent in California, on account of his 
health. He is sympathetic and faithful in his professional 
duties . 


Dr. Clark's professional career was short. He came to 
Haverhill in 1879, and began the practice of medicine. He 
was born in Newbury, Vt., and studied with Dr. Watkins 
of that place. His early school advantages were limited. 
He graduated from Dartmouth Medical College in 1878, and 
then went to Montreal as a subordinate officer in the hospital 
of that city, meantime attending lectures in his profession. 
He was well equipped for his duties as a physician, and was 
enthusiastically and studiously devoted to his profession. He 
remained in Haverhill only a few years, when on account of 
his health he was compelled to seek a warmer climate, spend- 
ing one winter in Colorado, but the disease under which he 
labored had gone too far in its fatal work, and he returned 
only to die in early manhood. During his short professional 
career in Haverhill, he won the esteem of a large circle, on 
account of his amiability and noble traits of character. He 
entered his professional life with bright prospects of the 
future. Dr. Clark died of consumption. 


Dr. Brown was born in Burke, Vt., in 1851, the son of 
Dr. Ira and Emily (Clark) Brown. His early schooling 
was received in his native place and at "Wells River. He 
fitted for college at Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, and 
graduated from Dartmouth College in 1874. After leaving 
college he taught for several years in the West, and then 
began the study of medicine with his father, and graduated 
from the medical department of Dartmouth College in 1878. 
He then continued his studies in New York, and settled first 
in Littleton, remaining only one year, and then came to 


Haverhill in 1880. Dr. Brown went to Minneapolis in 
1882, where he has since lived. He has been largely en- 
gaged for the state and city boards of health in quarantine 
duty as physician and inspector. He is a member of the 
state medical society, and also of that of the city of Minne- 
apolis, and is professor of chemistry, toxicology and preven- 
tative medicine in the Minneapolis College of physicians and 
surgeons. He is the founder of the society for the preven- 
tion of vice in Minneapolis. 

Dr. Brown is well-equipped in his professional studieSj 
and to a mind naturally acute and fond of investigation, he 
adds the advantage of thorough training. He is self-reliant 
and independent, and is fond of literary pursuits. He is a 
man of high character and honor. 


Dr. Watson's American ancestry settled early in the his- 
toric town of Salisbury, and belonged to the Society of 
Friends. He is the son of Hon. Henry L. Watson, M. D., 
and was born in Guildhall, Vt., in 1845. His early educa- 
tion was pursued in the common schools of his native town 
and the Essex county grammar school, and he fitted for col- 
lege at Newbury Seminary, Vt. He began the study of 
medicine with his father, continuing under the instruction of 
Drs. Dixi and A. B. Crosby of Hanover, and attended lec- 
tures at the Dartmouth Medical College from which he grad- 
uated in 1866. He first practised his profession in 
Groveton, but in a year or two he moved to North Haverhill 
and continued there in the practice of medicine for about fif- 
teen years, when he came to Haverhill Corner. 

Dr. Watson came by a genius for medicine from his father 
who was a prominent practitioner in Vermont, as well as a 
citizen of public position, having been a state senator in 
Vermont for two terms, and then candidate of his party for 
speaker in 1756 and '57, when a representative, besides hold- 


ing other places of public responsibility and trust. The son 
has devoted himself almost exclusively to his profession, in 
which he is a close and thorough student, and is in the enjoy- 
ment of a large and successful practice. He is also widely 
known as a skillful and successful surgeon. He is now a 
member of the examining board for pensions at St. Johns- 
bury, Vt. 

Dr. Watson is a man of undoubted ability, and is closely 
devoted to his calling, and stands high with his brethren in 
the profession. He is social and genial, and takes a deep in- 
terest in all matters of public concernment. He has been 
school superintendent and health officer and is also a justice 
of the peace. 

He married Evelyn Marshall of Northumberland, and 
they have three children ; the oldest son is a member of the 
Freshman class in Dartmouth College. 


Dr. Gibson was born in Alstead in 1852, the son of Reuel 
and Emily (Barnard) Gibson. His father was a farmer, 
and his early education was acquired at the common schools. 
Fitting for college at Appleton Academy, New Ipswich, he 
graduated from Bowdoin College in 1872. He read medi- 
cine with Dr. S. T. Smith, and attended lectures at Bowdoin 
Medical College. After graduation he was a subordinate 
officer for a year and a half in Maine General Hospital, 
Portland, Me. He began his professional life at Woods- 
ville in 1877, and is a skillful and successful practitioner, 
and a man of standing. He married Jennie Park of Ply- 
mouth in 1880. They have no children. Dr. Gibson is a 
member of the local board of health, and a member of the 
Woodsville high school board of education. He is also sec- 
retary of the White Mountain Medical Society. 


Was born in Sonora, California, and his father dying, he 


went to live with grand-parents in Vermont. His early edu- 
cation was received at the common schools, and he fitted for 
college at Newbury Academy, Vt., and graduated from Dart- 
mouth College in 1882. He read with Dr. H. P. Watson 
and in Dartmouth private course, attending lectures at Bur- 
lington, Vt., and Dartmouth Medical Colleges. He began 
the practice of medicine at Piermont, N. H., and came to 
"Woodsville in 1884. He married Addie D. Davis of Pike 
Station in 1882, and they have three children. Dr. East- 
xaan is a careful and painstaking physician, and enjoys a 
large practice. 


Dr. Xewcomb was born in Montpelier, Vt., in 1858, the 
•oldest son of Luther Newcomb, who for over twenty years 
was clerk of the court for AVashington County, Vt. His 
mother's name before her marriage was Amanda Thomas, 
■daughter of Gen. Stephen Thomas of West Fairlee, Vt. 
His grandfather Newcomb was one of the pioneer physicians 
of northern Vermont, and settled at Derby in that state. 
Dr. Newcomb was educated at Montpelier and is a graduate 
of the Washington County grammar school of that place. 
He read medicine with Dr. C. M. Chandler of Montpelier, 
and attended lectures at Dartmouth Medical College and at 
the medical school in the University of Vermont. He took 
seven courses in both institutions, and graduated from the 
latter school in 1880. He began the practice of his profes- 
sion at West Fairlee, and was one of the physicians to the 
miners at Ely mines. In 1883 he moved to Washington, 
Vt., and in 1887 he came to North Haverhill. Dr. New- 
comb is well equipped for his profession, and has won a good 
share of success in the short time of his practice in Town. 
He married Elmira J. Hunt of Washington, Vt. They 
have one child. 



Dr. Wetherbee was born in East Haverhill, and his par- 
ents were Charles and Abigal (Woodward) Wetherbee. He 
received his education at the common schools, and has prac- 
tised medicine at North Haverhill for twenty-five years. He 
is an eclectic physician, a. school of doctors that take what 
they consider the best in other systems, of practice. Dr. 
Wetherbee is also engaged in farming. He married Eliza. 
A. George and they have two children. 


Haverhill has little history that belongs to this profession. 
Some of her physicians may have combined dentistry with 
their other professional duties, but the fact is not mentioned, 
in our memoranda of that profession. 


Dr. Clark was born in Bath in 1825, and came to Haver- 
hill when a boy about twelve years of age. He has been a 
dentist in Town for nearly twenty years, and resides at Hav- 
erhill Center. Dr. Clark has lived away from Haverhill a. 
part of the time. He combines farming with his profession. 
He married Drusilla M. Bisbee of Haverhill. 


Dr. Howland is a settled dentist in Lisbon, but for about 
ten years he has had a branch office iu Haverhill. At first 
he was in his office at Haverhill each week, but at present 
he comes once a month. Dr. Howland married a daughter 
of the late Elder Shipman of Lisbon. 



Haverhill's honorable career Abroad — Charles J. Adams — J. Dorsey and George 
Angler — Lonisa Page Babcock — Bacon Brothers — Barstow Brothers : Alfi'ed, 
Anson, Gardner — George Barstow — John Barstow — Mary Barstow — Hazen 
Bedel— Jolm Bedel— James W. Bell — John Bell — James P. Brewer— Samuel 
Brooks- Edwin Brooks— Edward C. and George Burbeck- James A. Cut- 
ting—Frederick Crocker— Noah Davis- Moses Elkins — D. L. Famsworth — 
Charles N. Flanders— Lucien H. Frary — Warren Gookin — Michael Gray- 
Hunts : Caleb S., Horace, Prescott, Helen — Johnstons : Charles, Hannah — John 
Kimball — William H. Leith — Mei-rill Brothers : John L.. Benjamin, Charles 
H. — William Men-ill— Arthur Mitchell — Morse Brothers : Peabody A., George 
W., Isaac S. — Robert Morse — Joseph B. Morse — Thomas "L. Nelson — Niles 
Brothers : Alonzo F., Horace L. — George B., Nellie and Clara Nichols — Person 
Noyes — John A.Page — Moses S.Page — James H. I'earson — Samuel P.Pike 
— Elizabeth Abbott, Mary Webster, Henrietta Mumford and George CaiTington 
Powers — John Reding — Rodgers Brothers ; Levi and M. Carleton — Jonathan 
H. and Chester Rowell — Frank A.Smith — Lyman D. Stevens — Smiths ; Lyn- 
don, Arnold, Stephen, Sanford, Carlos — William P. Stowe — The Tarletons — 
Towles : Frederick and James — Nathaniel Wilson — Edward B. Wilson — Wil- 
liam F. Whitcher — Harvey B. Wilmont— John L. Woods — Franklin P. Wood. 

A community or family shows the vigor and activity of its 
life in the fact of its perpetuation and progressive tendency. 
When the tide is full it overflows and spreads out into new 
limits. This tendency to spread abroad has been a marked 
characteristic of New England, fronl whose populations a 
constant stream has flown out into other parts of the coun- 
try. Haverhill has been no exception to the general fact, 
but has contributed her full share of sons and daughters who 
have gone out from the old hive, making their mark and 
contributing an active factor in the growth and progress of 
other communities. It will, therefore, be the aim of this 
chapter to chronicle the life of this overflow as being a legiti- 
mate part of the history of the parent connnunity. This 
record of the Town in this respect may not be as brilliant as 
that of some other towns. A numerous host of great names 
may not be found in the sketches given in this chapter, 
still the record is such as to reflect honor upon the Town and 
to show that in usefulness, success, influence and worthv en- 


deavor, the Town has no cause to blush for her sons and 
daughters abroad, many of whom if not great, as the world 
goes, are amongst the noblest spirits of the age. Doubtless 
there are names that rightly deserve a place in this chapter, 
but which have escaped attention or fallen from memory in 
the dimming years of the past. The sketches cover the lives 
of such as have gone forth, and who by their energy, 
push, enterprise and devotion to duty, have been a positive 
factor in advancing the interests of society and have given 
strength and usefulness to human life. 


Was born in Haverhill, and is the oldest son of Stephen 
Adams. With his three brothers, Michael, Horace and 
Ezra, he went to Lowell, Mass., where they became exten- 
sively engaged in the furniture business, the firm name now 
being Adams & Co., and is the largest in that city. Charles . 
J., whilst he lived in Lowell was city marshal for a number 
of years, and he was also for a time deputy sheriff of Mid- 
dlesex county. He afterwards moved to Cambridge, Mass., 
and had charge of the jail and house of correction for thirty- 
three years. He is still living in that city, at the age of 


Sons of Dr. John and Nancy (Mann) Angier, were born in 
North Haverhill. Very early in life they went to northern 
Pennsylvania and carried on the lumber business with much 
success. Whilst thus engaged they observed on a mill-pond 
or pond of water oil floating, and Mr. Dorsey Angier after 
thinking the matter over, made up his mind that the oil could 
be turned to use if it were gathered, and suggested the dig- 
ging of pits three or four feet square, into which the water 
was allowed to flow, and then the oil was caught by woolen 
blankets and wrung out. The process was slow, but as oil 
at first commanded a high price, it proved sufficiently remu- 


nerative. Meantime, he insisted that the oil could be pro- 
cured by sinking wells, maintaining that as the oil comes 
with the water from the earth, there must be pools of oil in 
the earth. This idea was put into execution, and a well 
was sunk near the mill-dam or pond above mentioned, and at 
the depth of sixty-nine feet, oil was reached. This gave im- 
mense impulse to the oil search, and one hundred wells were 
sunk in that section of the country. The Angiers made 
handsome fortunes, and are now living in Titusville, Pa. 


Is the oldest daughter of Samuel and Louisa (Merrill) Page, 
and was born in Haverhill in 1820. She attended the 
Academy in Haverhill in her girlhood years and with her hus- 
bahd was amonffst the earliest emiofrants who went to Cali- 
fornia after the gold fever broke out in '49. With a strong 
and energetic spirit she took hold of the pioneer life of those 
days, and by industry, first in making rough clothing for the 
gold diggers, and then in taking boarders, she laid the foun- 
dation not only of enlarged usefulness in later life, but of 
financial success to an unusual degree. With excellent busi- 
ness judgment she wisely invested her careful earnings in 
real estate in San Francisco, where she now resides sur- 
rounded with the easy comforts of her industry, energy and 
forethought. Mrs. B. is a person of strong mind and 
womanly character and has made herself felt in christian and 
philanthropic work. In religious sentiment she is an Episco- 
palian, and has taken an active part in supporting the church 
of which she is a member. Her first marriage name was 
Evans and then Xason, before she became Mrs. Babcock. 


The former lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a wholesale 
dealer in lightening rods. The latter is engaged in the iron 
business in the same city. 



Is the son of I)ea. Henry and Frances (Pierce) Barstow, 
and was born in Haverhill in 1829. He lived there till he 
was eleven years of age, when his father moved to Clare- 
mont. Whilst in Haverhill he attended the district school 
in his earlier years, and afterwards the academy of which he 
was the young janitor, taking care of the rooms and building 
the fires for his tuition. At Claremont he continued his 
studies till his father moved to Lowell, Mass., in 1844, 
where for four years he worked part of the time in the mills, 
and part of the time he was a student at the grammar and 
high school. At the age of nineteen he entered the law 
office of his cousin, George Barstow of Manchester, remain- 
ing there for about a year, and when the California gold 
fever swept over the country he joined the Argonauts in 1849. 
He afterwards finished his law studies with the famous firm 
of Halleck, Billings & Park of San Francisco, and was ad- 
mitted to the bar in 1858 in that city. In 1868 he was 
admitted to the practice of law in the United States Su- 
preme Court. From 1859 to 1865 he was connected with 
the post office department as special agent and as assistant 
superintendent of railway mail service. Mr. Barstow veas 
also a justice of the peace of San Francisco for two years, 
an office there of great responsibility and honor, — there be- 
ing only six justices in the whole city, — with a salary of 
$2,400 per annum. Meantime, he was interested in growing 
grapes in Santa Clara Valley, having now over one hundred 
acres under successful cultivation. He married in 1868 the 
daughter of his law partner, ex-Judge A. L. Rhodes of the 
supreme court of California. His home is in Oakland, Cal., 
and his office in San Francisco. The firm of Rhodes & Bar- 
stow is prominent and successful. 

Mr. Barstow is a man of ability and force of character, a 
genial companion, of an inquiring mind, somewhat specula- 
tive and untraditional. 



Brother of the above is a grain merchant in Oakland, Cal. 


Also a brother, is engaged in grain business in Chicago. 


Was the son of AVilliam Barstow of Haverhill. He was 
educated at the Academy and at Dartmouth College, but did 
not graduate from the latter institution. He read law with 
the distinguished Eobert Eantoul of Boston, and began the 
practice of his profession in that city. He afterwards moved 
to Hillsboro, and later to Manchester, and then to San Fran- 
cisco, Cal., where he died. Mr. Barstow was a man of 
ability and character, and gained success in his professional 
career. He became interested in politics, and was a member 
of the California legislature, being honored with the speaker- 
ship of the house of representatives of that body. He also 
wrote a history of JVew Hampshire before leaving the state, 
and was a man of literary tastes and culture. He married 
Emily Shepley of Saco, Me. 


Brother of the above, was educated at the Haverhill Academy 
and was a devoted and successful INIoravian minister. He 
now lives at Ames, Iowa. 


Is the son of the late Ezekiel H. and Eunice (Clark) Bar- 
stow, and was born in 1858. He fitted for college at St. 
Johnsbury, Vt., and graduated from Dartmouth College in 
1883. He afterwards studied theology in Hartford, Conn,, 
aud completed his theological studies at Andover, Mass., 
and is now settled at Groton, Mass. During his theological 
course he spent one year in Europe and the East in travel. 
He has the promise of success. 



Sister of the above, was born in 1850, and was educated at 
Bradford Academy, Mass. After graduating, she was ap- 
pointed teacher of music in her alma mater, and has held 
that position with eminent success for over eighteen years. 


Was born in Haverhill in 1818, and received his education 
at the common schools and at Haverhill Academy, quitting 
school at the age of twelve years. It was in his early child- 
hood that his father. Gen. Moody Bedel, became financially 
embarrassed and was reduced to poverty. During this time 
he lived for five years in a family by the name of Jacob 
Williams, on the corner opposite the " Bliss Tavern," who 
kindly cared for him and sent him to the Academy for four 
years. This sunny episode in his childhood experience has 
always given Haverhill a warm place in his heart. "The 
good we do lives after us." 

Mr. Hazen learned the shoemakers trade, but quit that for 
a clerkship in a store at Lancaster and at Colebrook, which 
he held till he was of age. He has often been called to pub- 
lic positions, being early commissioned a justice of peace, 
and at the age of twenty-six he was appointed colonel of the 
24th Regiment, N. H. militia, serving in that position four 
years. He was a member of the constitutional convention 
of 1850 and also of that of 1876, has represented the town 
of Colebrook in legislature, was a councillor for two years, 
when Walter Harriman was governor, judge of probate for 
Coos county, county commissioner, a state commissoner for 
laying out appropriations for highways and postmaster for 
sixteen years. In addition to these he has been repeatedly 
entrusted with the management of town affairs, and has been 
rn9,ny times appointed a referee in the adjustment of causes. 
He has also been in much request in settling estates. 

Mr. Hazen began mercantile life in Colebrook in 1844 


and continued in that business for about thirty years, when 
he retired from it for the purpose of engaging in the manu- 
facture of lumber and starch. lie also has interests in starch 
mills in Aroostook county, Maine. He has lived in Cole- 
brook since he began business there, and has been a success- 
ful, enterprising, influential and highly esteemed citizen of 
the Town and county. He married Ann S. daughter of Dr. 
Lyman Lombard of Colebrook, and of their six children 
three are living, a son and daughter in Colebrook, and a 
daughter is studying medicine in Washington, D. C. Mr. 
Hazen belongs to the order of ^Masons, and has held high 
degrees in that fraternity. 


A younger brother of the above, was at the time of his death 
one of the most honored and esteemed citizens of Bath. He 
was born in 1823, whilst his father for a time was living in 
Indian Stream, in Coos county. He received his education in 
the common schools in Bath and at Xewbury Seminary, Vt., 
and had the honorary degree of A. M. conferred upon him by 
Dartmouth College in 1869. He pursued his law studies 
with Hon. Harry Hibbard of Bath, but before he was ad- 
mitted to the bar he volunteered in the ^Mexican war, and 
was a lieutenant under Gen. Pierce. After the close of that 
war he finished his law studies, and was admitted to the bar 
in 1850, and at once began the practice of his profession in 
Bath. In a few years he was appointed to a special service 
in the treasury department in adjusting the claims of govern- 
ment agents who had made ex parte settlements with "Uncle 
Sam." When the civil war broke out he resigned his duties 
at Washington, and offered his services to his country. He 
was appointed major of the 3d Reg. N. H. Vol. and soon 
after he was promoted to be lieutenant colonel, and whilst in 
prison at Columbia, S. C, he was made a colonel. He 
was taken prisoner in one of the assaults on Fort Wagner, 


Charleston Harbor, and remained such for over a year, en- 
during much suffering and privation. After he w^as paroled 
he at once vFent to Washington, and laid before the authori- 
ties the sufferings of our soldiers in Eebel prisons. There 
can be no doubt that his earnest presentation of the necessity 
of an exchange of prisoners brought about that result. 
Soon after his return to his regiment he was promoted to be 
a brigadier general of volunteers. When the war ended he 
returned to Bath, and engaged extensively in the manufac- 
ture of starch. He represented Bath in the legislature for 
tvs^o years, and was the Democratic candidate for governor in 
1869 and again in 1870. On both occasions, notwithstand- 
ing his splendid service in the war, he failed of an election. 
Gen. Bedel married Mary Augusta, daughter of Hon. Jesse 
Bourns of Nashua. Only three of their seven children are 
living. Gen. Bedel died in 1875. 


Son of the late James Bell of Bolton, was born in Haver- 
hill. He received his early training at Haverhill Academy. 
He followed the business of a decorator in Boston, and was 
associated with his brothers-in-law, McPhersons, in that pro- 
fession. He gained large success in his business, and during 
the administration of President Grant he was decorator of 
the White House, and was widely and prominently known. 
He is now retired on an ample fortune. 


Brother of the above, was born in Haverhill, and received 
his education at the Academy and at Bolton, Mass. He is 
a prominent and successful dentist in Boston, and pursued 
his professional studies in that city. He lives at Chelsea, 


Was born in Claremont in 1818, and came to Haverhill with 
his parents when only a few months old, and may, therefore, 


be properly claimed as a Haverhill boy. He lived in Haver- 
hill till nearly eighteen years of age, and then went to Clare- 
mont, where he carried on the business of a merchant for 
over a quarter of a century. The trade of the store was 
very large. On one occasion, before the times of railroads, 
he bought 40,000 bushels of wheat in Michigan, which he 
had ground into flour, and then shipped to Whitehall, N. 
Y. by water, from whence it was carried across the Green 
mountains by teams, to Claremont, and sold for $4.00 and 
$4.50 a barrel. Subsequently he moved to Pittsburg, Pa., 
and was engaged very extensively in the lumber business for 
a number of years. For the last ten years he has lived in 
Cleveland, Ohio, and has in a great measure retired from 
active business life. Whilst in Pittsburg he was chiefly en- 
o-ased in the cutting of box-boards for the manufacture of 
glass boxes. The mill was a very extensive one, running 
day and night with fifty-three circular saws, and two uprights 
for sawing logs of immense thickness. The sale of saw-dust 
more than defrayed the cost of coal for steam-power, whilst 
the coarse dust from the upright saws'was consumed with the 

Mr. Brewer has been eminently successful in all avenues of 
enterprise in which he has engaged. He is a man of great 
energy and force of character, of superior business ability, 
and has justly amassed a large fortune in the forty years of 
his active business life. In his earlier days he had to strug- 
gle with poverty, and received only a common school educa- 
cation, with the exception of a single term in HaverhUl 
Academy, the tuition for which he paid out of his earnings 
after he left the school. At the age of about sixteen he 
made every mortice and tenon in the old part of the little 
house his parents lived in next north of the Methodist church. 
He is entirely self-made and owes little to circumstances, 
and is a man of large intelligence and careful observation, 
whose conversation on the many practical questions of busi- 


ness and finance is instructive and entertaining. He has 
been in every part of our country. In manners he is agree- 
able and dignified, with a frank and kindly nature, and is a 
good example of the best type of American character. In 
physique he is tall and well built with a strong and winning 

Mr. Brewer married Mary C. Bingham of Claremont, 
whose father was a college class-mate and the room-mate of 
Daniel Webster. Paran Stevens, the great hotel man, was 
an uncle of hers. Her mother's maiden name was Poole, 
from which Mr. Brewer gets his middle name, and was the 
daughter of Gen. Poole of Hanover. They have no child- 
ren. The immediate occasion of their moving to Pittsburg 
was Mrs. Brewer's health, who was a great suflPerer from 
catarrh and bleeding of the nose, and the change proved a 
perfect cure. 


Was born in Haverhill in 1793 and was the oldest child of 
Samuel and Anna (Bedel-Butler) Brooks. He married 
Eliza Towle of Haverhill, and for a short time lived in New- 
bury, Vt. Afterwards he moved to Canada and became 
prominent as a merchant in Stanstead. Later he lived in 
Lennoxville where he was extensively interested in trade and 
agriculture. In 1837 he was sent as a delegate by leading 
citizens of the eastern townships to London, for the purpose 
of enlisting capitalists in the development of the resources of 
that region. Being successful in his mission the British 
Land Company of London was formed in the following year, 
and he was appointed agent of the company. He changed 
his home to Sherbrooke which was the central point of the 
companys' operations. He was also manager of a branch of 
the city bank of Montreal. During all these years he took 
an active and prominent part in every enterprise, and repre- 
sented his county most of the time till his death in the pro- 


vincial legislature. He was an active promoter of the Grand 
Trunk railroad from Montreal to Portland, and was a man 
of large liberality and warmly devoted to all endeavors for 
the upbuilding of society in every good and worthy way, 
and the church found in him a staunch and true friend. 

Two of Mr. Brooks' sons, William and Charles have been 
successful in business, and now reside in Chicago. For 
many years they lived in Lennoxville and Sherbrooke, Can- 
ada. Samuel Towle is a graduate of Dartmouth College in 
the class of 1874, and of McGill University in medicine and 
practised his profession for a number of years at Sherbrooke, 
Canada. Afterwards he moved to St. Johnsbury, Vt., 
where he has since lived in the successful pursuit of his pro- 
fession, and is a well-known physician and a man of high 
character. Edward Towle is also a graduate of Dartmouth 
College, and became prominent as a lawyer. He was for 
several years a senator in the Dominion Government at 
Ottawa, and is now one of the judges in the Canadian 
courts. The only daughter became the wife of Justice John 
Sewell Sanborn, a prominent man in Canadian pohtics and 
go-sernment, and a brother, of the late Prof. Sanborn of 
Dartmouth College. 


Is the youngest son of Samuel and Hannah (Bedel— Butler) 
Brooks. He was liberally educated and practised law in 
New York with success for many years. Afterwards he went 
to California and continued the practice of his profession in 
San Francisco. He is distinguished as a linguist as well as 
a lawyer, and bears the multitudinous name of Edwin Luke 
Brown Brooks. He is still living. 


Sons of William H. aud Sally Putnam (Carleton) Burbeck. 
The former was born in Hanover in 1846, fitted for college 
at Meriden, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1871. 


After leaving college he was principal of the high schools at 
East Abington and at Winchendon, Mass., and of Mt. 
Pleasant grammer school, Nashua, where he remained four- 
teen years, and is now principal of the Dan vers (Mass.) 
grammer school. He married Luella Carleton of "West 
Newbury, Vt. 


Was born in Haverhill in 1850, fitted for college under Rev. 
E. H. Greeley and at New London, and is a graduate of 
Dartmouth College in the class of 1875. Immediately after 
leaving college he went to California, and was a clerk in the 
post office at Oakland for several years, and is now teller in 
the first national bank of that city. He married Ella B. 
GifFord, and is deacon in the First Congregational church of 


Was the son of Abijah Cutting, and was born in Haverhill. 
He was noted for his inventive genius, but was not always 
successful in his plans. At one time he was a pension agent 
in Boston, and accumulated a handsome property. He de- 
vised the Aquarial Garden in Boston, and invented a loco- 
riiotive spark extinguisher. He was also the inventor of the 
ambrotype. He was a man of undoubted genius in his line 
of work, and had a name for integrity. He died in Boston 
many years ago. 


Is the youngest son of Edward Bass and Elizabeth (Gibson) 
Crocker, and was born in 1811 on the Isle of Orleans about 
five miles below Quebec, where his father lived in the earlier 
years of this century, but at the breaking out of the war of 
1812 he returned to North Haverhill, his native place. 
Frederick lived in Haverhill and in Bath till 1842, when he 
went South and engaged in business with much success. In 

322 HISTORY or haverhill. 

1<S40 he returned Xorth, and soon after married Hannah 
B. Dodge of" Bath. Of their family of twelve children only 
two sons are living. ]Mr. Crocker and others from this sec- 
tion went to north-western Pennsylvania and engaged in the 
lumber business, which however did not prove a fortunate 
venture, and the accumulations of former years in the South 
were swept away. Afterwards he moved to Olean, X. Y., 
and entered into business again, this time with better success. 
Whilst on a trip to Pittsburg with lumber in 185;i, he heard 
of the discovery of petroleum on Oil Creek, and at once 
hastened to the fields of discovery and engaged in the oil 
business. Whilst studying the surfiice-indications of petro- 
leum in that section he remembered that he had seen similar 
indications in northern Alabama and near the mouth of the 
St. Lawrence river, and formed the theory that the oil lay in 
a belt running from the mouth of the .St. Lawrence river to 
the western side of the Gulf of Mexico, a theory which is 
now accepted as the correct one in regai-d to the trend and 
locality of the oil belt. 

Mr. Crocker has made and spent hundreds of thousands 
of dollars in search of oil-deposits. A few years ago he 
with others organized a company to operate in W^ashington 
county, Penn., in the search of oil on the theory which he 
had previously formed. Numerous wells were drilled in that 
region, and although little oil was found these wells furnished 
an unlimited quantity of gas of very great value, which was 
conveyed to Pittsburg in pipes many miles away, and so 
generally has this gas come into use for fuel in manufactur- 
ing, that the use of coal is now almost entirely done away 
with, and the once smoky and sooty city of Pittsburg is, in 
the words of Mr. Crocker, " a clean city." The companj^ 
to which he belongs owns wide tracts of leased oil-lands in 
that section of the country, and petroleum is found in large 
quantities in all directions. Mr. Crocker is still an active, 
enterprising man at the advanced age of 79 years. 



Is the son of Noah and Freelove (Arnold) Davis, and was 
born in Haverhill in 1818. He was seven years old when 
his father moved to Albion, N. Y., and received his educa- 
tion in the common schools of that state, with the exception 
of a single term at the Weslyan Seminary, Lima, N. Y. 
After pursuing his law studies the requisite time, he was ad- 
mitted to the bar in 1841, and began the practice of his pro- 
fession at Buffalo, where he remained only a short period, 
and then moved to Albion and formed a partnership with the 
late Sanford E. Church, who afterwai'ds was chief justice of 
the court of appeals of New York. This partnership con- 
tinued until 1857, when Judge Davis was appointed to the 
supreme court bench of New York to fill a vacancy, and in 
the following fall of that year he was elected for the fall term 
of eight years, serving the last of the eight years as a judge 
of the court of appeals. He was elected for a second term, 
but before the expiration of the time he was compelled to 
resign on account of failing health. In 1869 he was elected 
to congress from the Rochester District, but only remained 
in that position till the close of the long term, when he was 
appointed United States district attorney for the southern 
district of New York, which office he held for about three 
years, and then took his seat on the supreme court bench in 
the city of New York, to which he was elected for a term of 
fourteen years. 

Judge Davis is a man of the highest character and of 
great ability, and is esteemed one of the ablest jurists in the 
country. He is one of the foremost citizens of New York, 
and sat in the famous trial of William M. Tweed, the arch- 
plunderer of that city. 


Is the son of John and Eunice (Willoughby) Morse, and 
was born in Haverhill in 1814. He fitted for college at 


Haverhill Academy, and graduated from Dartmouth College 
in 1848, at the age of thirty-four. He taught successfully 
for eighteen years as principal in the Harvard grammar 
school, Cambridge, Mass. Mr. Morse is a Universalist 
clergyman, and now resides at Hanover on a farm on ac- 
count of impaired health. 


Was born in 1802, received his education at Hampton Acad- 
emy, was very successful as a teacher in New York and Wis- 
consin, and also preached as a Methodist minister. 


Is the son of Stephen and Mary Ann (Locke) Farnsworth, 
and was born in Haverhill in 1838. His education was re- 
ceived at East Haverhill. He was always full of energy, 
and went to California in 1858 to seek his fortune in that 
state, a young man of only twenty summers. At first he 
worked on a farm, and then drove a team at the mines. 
Afterwards he went to San Francisco and engaged in the 
milk business, at first with twenty cows and at last with one 
hundred. Changing from this to draying he has become the 
largest drayman in San Francisco, employing over one hun- 
dred horses and sixty men. In 1884 he was elected super- 
visor, and was chairman of the street committee. He mar- 
ried Fannie P. Locke, and they have two children, Silas B. 
and Lottie P. 


Son of Peter and Mary E. Flanders, was born in 1845. 
He is a graduate from Dartmouth College, 1871, Andover 
Seminary, 1874, was ordained and settled at Westmoreland 
the same year, afterwards acting pastor at Wapping, Conn. , 
and is now installed pastor at Newport. He married Emily 
Page of Haverhill, and they have three children. At West- 
moreland and Wapping he was school committee, and is now 


a trustee of Kimball Union Academy. Mr. Flanders has 
been an efficient minister, of thoroughly manly character 
and ability, and has always been most highly esteemed. 


Was born in Haverhill in 1839, and is the son of Charles S. 
and Abigail (Haskell) Frary. His early education was pur- 
sued at Haverhill Academy, and at the age of fourteen he 
entered the Democratic Republican office in Haverhill, 
where he remained till he was of age. Fitting for college 
under private tutors he entered Dartmouth College in 1862, 
and graduated in course. He worked his way through col- 
lege without aid from any source, except his own industry 
and energy. After graduating he studied for the ministry at 
Andover Theological Seminary, and graduated from that in- 
stitution in 1869, when he was ordained and settled as pas- 
tor of the First Congregationalist church, Middleton, Mass., 
where he remained five years, and then became pastor of the 
Congregationalist church, Waymouth, Mass., continuing 
there over eleven years, when on account of the health of 
his only child, he was compelled to resign, and is now pastor 
of the Congregational church. Sierra Madre, California. 
Mr. Frary has been singularly successful as a minister, gain- 
ing not only a deep hold upon the churches which he served, 
but also upon the communities in which he lived. On leav- 
ing Weymouth the church made a most complimentary rec- 
ord of their feelings toward him, and also gave expression to 
their deep regard in a handsome pecuniary token. During 
his ministry at Weymouth he received several very flattering 
calls to other churches, — First Church, Minneapolis, Minn., 
and College Street church, Burlington, Vt. He has de- 
voted himself entirely to the duties of the church, giving his 
best time and brain, and is a most interesting and effective 
preacher, and a man of talent. Some years ago he made an 
extensive tour of southern Europe, going as far east as Pales- 


tine and Egypt, and wrote his impressions for a local paper. 
He also allowed by request several sermons to be published. 
He has a hopeful and sunny heart, is thoroughly true in his 
friendships, and catholic in opinion. He married first, 
Susan E. True of Meriden, who lived only a few years, and 
then Louise Parker of Dunbarton. They have an only child, 
a dauo-hter in frail health. 



Born in 1810, was the son of Richard and Eebecca (Dem- 
man) Gookin. He was educated at Haveihill Academy and 
Dartmouth College, graduating from the latter institution in 
1830. The early part of his life was passed in Cuba, where 
he was interested in a sugar plantation. He also devoted 
some time in travel. Finally, he came to Xew York and 
was extensively engaged as a shipping merchant, in which 
business he gained large success. He died in Brooklyn in 
1874. A scholarship in Dartmouth College, known as the 
" Gookin Scholarship," was founded by him. A daughter 
of Air. Gookin married Edwin S. Waterman, and lives in 


AVas the son of Ebenezer and Ruth (Johnston) Gray. He 
was born in 1789, and received his early education at Hav- 
erhill Academy. He then went to Scotland and graduated 
at Ruthersham Seminary. After graduation he returned for 
a short period to his native place, and then went to England, 
and was settled over a Congregational church in London in 
1813. Of liis subsequent history little is known, except 
that he is reputed to have been a very eloquent preacher and 
a man of large influence. 


Was the oldest son of Caleb Hunt. He graduated from 
Dartmouth College in 1832. and read law in the office of 


Lieut. -Gov. Read of Massachusetts, whose daughter he mar- 
ried. For a number of years he lived in New Orleans en- 
gaged in the cotton-gin business, and then coming to Brook- 
lin he carried on the manufacture of cotton-gins. 


Graduated from Dartmouth College in 1847, and afterwards 
studied law in Detroit. Soon after his admission to the bar 
he relinquished his professional aims and returned to Ha-ser- 
hill and bought the Towle farm. After a short residence in 
Haverhill he went to Boston and engaged in business. He 
organized the Boston Machine Company, and was also its 
treasurer. He was successful in business and amassed a 
large property, but a few years ago he met with some finan- 
cial reverse on account of endorsements. He married An- 
nette Towle of Haverhill. 


Was educated at Haverhill Academy, and then went to Bos- 
ton in the employ of the Boston Iron Comj)any as a clerk at 
first, and afterwards he became a partner. These works 
were largely engaged during the war in casting immense 
guns and in the manufacture of plates for the iron-clads. 
He was also president of one of the national banks in Bos- 
ton. Like his brother, he endorsed heavily for others, and 
through the financial embai'rassment of some of these, he 
met with heavy losses. He has two sons in business in 


The youngest daughter of Caleb Hunt, and sister of the 
above, married Hon. Stoddard Colby, a prominent lawyer of 
Montpelier, Vt., who died some years ago, and at one time 
was register of the United States treasury. Mrs. Colby 
was a leader in Washington society, and is a very accom- 
plished lady. She now lives in New York. They had two 

328 HISTORY or haverhill. 


Son of Capt. Michael Johnston, born 1789, graduated from 
Dartmouth College 1813, studied theology with Rev. Grant 
Powers and Dr. Lyman Beecher, labored as an evangelist in 
Connecticut and New York with Dr. Nettleton, and was 
pastor of a Presbyterian church, Otisco, N. Y. He was a 
man of much force of character. 


Sister of the above, was born in 1793, and received her ed- 
ucation at Haverhill Academy. She was married to Rev. 
Silas McKeen, D. D., in 1821, and of their four children, 
Philena, the oldest, was carefully trained in scholastic studies, 
and also in the fine arts, especially music, and has been suc- 
cessfully engaged in teaching in the Ohio Female College, 
and in the Western Female Seminary, Oxford, O. For many 
years she has been the accomplished principal of Abbott 
Academy for ladies, Andover, Mass. Her sister Catherine, 
was at one time a teacher in ]\Iount Holyoke Ladies Semi- 
nary, Mass., and died in West Virginia. A son, George 
W., was a graduate of Dartmonth College and died in early 
manhood, and is said to have been a young man of much 
promise. The youngest daughter, Phebe Fuller, was asso- 
ciated in teaching with her eldest sister both in Ohio and at 
Andover, and died a few years ago in Baltimore. 

The mother of these children was a woman of rare chris- 
tian character and graces, whose "price is far above rubies," 
a devoted wife and mother, wise in speech and discreet in 
action, and a friend of the poor and needy. She w^as super- 
intendent of the first Sabbath school organized in Haverhill 
about 1818. 


Was the eldest son of John and Mehitabel (Carleton) Kim- 
ball of Haverhill. He pursued his early education at Hav- 
erhill Academy, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 


1822. He read law and successfully practiced his profession, 
first in Claremont, and then in Putney, Vt., where he lived 
till his death. For several years he represented the latter 
town in the legislature, and was also a state senator from 
Windham county. During his senatorial service he was 
chosen president of the senate. He was a man of high char- 
acter and influential in the state. 


Was born in Haverhill in 1859, and is a son of George W. 
and Evelina (Frary) Leith. His early education was pur- 
sued at Haverhill and Plymouth, and was completed at 
Brain tree, Mass. He began the study of medicine under 
Dr. Samuel P. Carbee of Haverhill, and in 1883 he gradu- 
ated from the medical department of the University of Ver- 
mont amongst the first in his class. After a competitive 
examination for the place of home surgeon to the Mary 
Fletcher Hospital at Burlington, Vt., he was appointed to 
that position which he held for one year, and on leaving he 
was presented with the special thanks of the trustees for 
" professional and faithful service." He began the practice 
of medicine at Guildhall, Vt., remaining there two years, 
and then moved to Lancaster, where he has met with flatter- 
ing success. Dr. Leith is a young man of ability, a careful 
student in his profession, of pleasing manners and has a 
large share of professional enthusiasm. If his life is spared 
he can hardly fail of an honorable name in his profession. 


Children of Dea. Abel K. Merrill. John L. was born in 
1833, and received his early education at Haverhill Academy 
and fitted for college at Kimball Union Academy. He grad- 
uated from Dartmouth College in 1856, and studied for the 
ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary. His first pas- 
torate was over the Presbyterian church in Chanceford, York 
countv. Pa. Afterwards he settled at Acworth and Marlbo- 


rough, remaining in the latter place about eighteen years, 
and is now the pastor of the Congregational church at 
Rindge. He was for a time principal of the high school, 
Lancaster, Pa., after leaving Chanceford. During his min- 
istry at Acworth he wrote the history of that town. Mr. 
Merrill is a man of high character, and a safe and judicious 
counsellor, and has been eminently successful in his profes- 
sion. He married Mary L. Murphy of Chanceford, Pa., 
and of their three children two are living. 

Benjamin, born in 183.5, received his early education at 
Haverhill and at Kimball Union Academy, and afterwards 
graduated from the scientific depai'tment of Dai'tmouth Col- 
lege in 1858. He studied theology at Princeton Seminary, 
and began his ministry as a missionary amongst the miners 
of Barton, and also preached at Piedmont, W. Va. After a 
few years he became pastor of the Congregational church at 
Pembroke. Later, he was settled over the Presbyterian 
church at Ausable Forks, X. Y., and at the present time he 
is ministering to the Congregational church in Swanzey. He 
married Joanna Walker Gildersleeve, and of their three 
children only one is living. Mr. Merrill has published sev- 
eral sermons. 

Charles H., born 184.5, fitted for college at Kimball 
Union Academy, and is a graduate of Dartmouth College in 
the class of 1867. He pursued his theological studies at 
Andover Theological Seminary, and was first a pastor at 
Mankato, Minn., where he was ordained, and then at West 
Brattleboro, Vt., remaining in the latter place for over four- 
teen years, when he was appointed field secretary of the Ver- 
mont Domestic INIissionary Society, and is now living in St. 
Johnsbury, Vt. He has published several sermons and ad- 
dresses, is a very scholarly man, and has been a successful 
and esteemed pastor. He married Laura B. ^Merrill, daugh- 
ter of Daniel Merrill of Washington, D. C, and they have 
four children. 



Is the youngest son of Capt. Benjamin and Sarah (Haynes) 
Merrill, and was born in Haverhill in 1827. He was edu- 
cated at Haverhill Academy, and also attended school at Ply- 
mouth. After teaching for a short time he went to Boston 
as a clerk in a dry goods mercantile house, and a few years 
later he engaged in the cloth and woolen jobbing business in 
New York, at first as a clerk and afterwards as a partner, 
and was for some .years the foreign buyer of the house. 

Mr. Merrill withdrew from mercantile life and engaged 
in banking and brokage, from which, however, he was com- 
pelled to retire on account of his health. He has lived in 
Brooklyn since 1850, and has taken an active interest in city 
and church matters. He is a member of Rev. Dr. Storr's 
church. His wife was Julia Wright before her marriage, 
daughter of John Wright of Brooklyn, at one time collector 
of the port of Buffalo. 

Mr. Merrill is a gentleman of refined manners and tastes, 
of high character and intelligence, and greatly esteemed by 
all who knew him. He is the generous giver of the Dea. 
Merrill Memorial Chapel, Haverhill. 


Son of David and Salome (Davis) Mitchell, was born in 
1864. His education was pursued at Haverhill Academy, 
and he entered Dartmouth College in 1882, but remained 
only one year, when he was compelled to leave on account of 
his eyes. Subsequently he studied medicine in Boston, grad- 
uating from the medical department of Boston University in 
1886, and is now practicing his profession in Medfield, Mass. 
He is enthusiastic in his work, and has a promising future. 


Son of Bryan and Susanna (Stevens) Morse, was born in 
1805, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1830. 
After leaving college he went to Fredericksburg, Va. , and 


acted as tutor in the family of Judge Brooks of the supreme 
court of Virginia. Meantime, he pursued his legal studies 
under that gentleman's direction until he was admitted to the 
bar. In 1833 he went to Louisiana, and settled in Natchi- 
toches, where he engaged in the practice of the law for many 
years. For a long period from 1838 he was a member of 
the Louisiana Legislature, and served with great usefulness, 
prominence and distinction in that body. In 1843 Gen. 
Morse moved to California, and at once took high and re- 
sponsible position, filling many offices of importance, honor 
and trust, amongst others that of judge of the court of San 
Francisco, and commissioner of the funded debt. In 1854 
he returned to Lousiana with his family and resided there till 
his death in 1878. At the time of his decease the bar of 
Natchitoches took special notice of the event, passing very 
complimentary resolutions, and appointed a delegation to at- 
tend the funeral. Judge Morse married jNIiss Sampayrac. 
When in college being asked what his father's business was, 
he returned this characteristic answer, — "Now, my friend, 
you've got me. If you had inquired what it was not, I 
could very easily have answered." 


Brother of the above, was born in 1812, and at the time of 
his death was a resident of Washington, D. C, though for 
many years previous he liyed in Lousiana. He was edu- 
cated at Haverhill Academy, developing at an early period 
of life wonderful mechanical and inventive skill. At the 
age of eighteen he invented a gun with a " magazine lock,"^ 
by which the gun could be fired sixty times without priming. 
He is the real inventor of the ' ' metallic cartridge case " 
which alone has made breech-loading small arms a success, 
but unfortunately on account of the imperfect manner in 
which his lawyer drew his patent, he lost his claim to being^ 
the first inventor of the " metallic cartridge." Mr. Morse, 


however, conscious of the great wrong which had been done 
him in being denied priority of invention by which others 
have probably amassed fortunes, brought his claim before 
Congress and petitioned that body that some compensation 
might be granted him for the use of his invention in the 
arms of the government service. The matter was considered 
in 1884, and the committee to whom Mr. Morse's claim was 
referred, after giving the matter the most careful considera- 
tion, aided by an expert from the Patent Office and by offi- 
cers in' the Ordnance Department, closed the report on the 
matter with the recommendation that the claim be allowed. 
Accordingly, a bill was introduced appropriating $25,000. 
Brig. -Gen. Benet, chief of ordnance to whom the report of 
the committee was referred, uses this language. "In my 
opinion Mr. Morse fairly and justly deserves this much at 
the hands of Congress, and I strongly recommend the pas- 
sage of the bill." And this recommendation of the chief of 
ordnance was concurred in by the Secretary of War, Hon. 
Robt. T. Lincoln. The "metallic cartridge" was invented 
in 1856. 

The name of Morse is connected with two of the most im- 
portant inventions that have been given to the world. One 
of these is the electric telegraph which has revolutionized the 
method of transmitting news rapidly from all parts of the 
world, so that in a few hours the nations of the earth can be 
put in communication with each other, and the state of com- 
merce and industry and markets of one day may be read at 
our breakfast tables the next day. The other invention is 
the " metallic cartridge case " for breech-loading guns, which 
has created an equal revolution in the fire-arms of the world. 
The honor of this last invention belongs to a son of Haver- 
hill, according to the judgment of those who have the best 
means of information, including not only ordnance officers in 
our own army and experts in the Patent Office, but also ac- 
cording to the highest army and naval opinion of Great Brit- 


ain. "In conversation with officers of all nationalities," 
writes an English officer to ]Mr. IMorse, " I have always said 
that you are the inventor of the 'metallic cartridge case.'" 
Tardy justice has been done Mr. ^Morse's name, and only a 
partial renumeration has been rendered him for his great in- 
vention in fire-arms. 

]\Ir. ]\Iorse died in 1888 in Washington. 


The youngest son of Bryan and Susanna (Stevens) ^Morse, 
was born in 1817 and received his education at Haverhill 
Academy. "When his father moved to Lowell, ]\Iass., in 
1833 to ena;a";e in mercantile business, the son entered his 
store as a clerk, but in 1837 he began the study of law in 
Lowell, attended afterwards the law school at Cambridge, 
and was admitted to the bar in 1840. He and Gen. B. F. 
Butler were admitted at the same time, and for many years 
fought the law-battles in Lowell. He was for a time 
city solicitor of Lowell. He married Eloise La Barte and 
they had a family of four children, two of whom, daughters, 
are living. Emma married B. F. Hosped, a paper manu- 
facturer of Holyoke, Mass., George A. was a lawyer and a 
daughter is living with her father. 

Mr. Morse moved to Cambridge in 1861, and has resided 
there ever since. He served in the board of aldermen of 
that city, and also represented it in the legislature. He has 
for many years been a prominent citizen of Massachusetts, 
and has gained a wide reputation as an able and accomplished 
lawyer. His success in his profession would easily satisfy 
any reasonable ambition. Soon after moving to Cambridge 
he was elected district attorney for Middlesex county, and 
continued in that office from 1855 to 1871, an unusually 
long period of service, and which is an honorable tribute to 
his capacity as a lawyer and his fidelity to the trust com- 
mitted to his care. While serving in this office it fell to his 


lot to conduct the case of the government in the famous Kal- 
loch trial. Mr. jNIorse was then in his prime, about forty 
years of age, and the trial created great interest not only in 
Massachusetts but in all New England and the country, on 
account of the heinousness of the crime and the prominence 
of the accused. j\Ir. Morse was at his best during the long 
contest. A journal of that date, speaking of his conduct of 
the case and his argument to the jury, said, "Every great 
occasion is apt to bring forth great men. iSIen never display 
all their energies and talents except upon great emergencies, 
and this truth was never more clearly shown than in the case 
of Mr. Morse, prosecuting attorney for the county of ]\Iid- 
dlesex. The trial of Mr. Kalloch has had the effect of 
bringing him before the public in a prominent position, and a' 
permanency he never would have attained, had he dug for 
years into the ordinary criminal cases under his jurisdiction." 

]Mr. Morse declining a re-election retired from the office of 
district attorney in 1871, and the members of the Middlesex 
bar with other distinguished gentlemen gave him a compli- 
mentary dinner at Young's Hotel. Amongst those present 
were such prominent persons as Gen. Banks, Dr. George B. 
Loring, Col. Daniel Needham and many others. Gen. 
Banks in his remarks on this occasion said that "the district 
attorney was eminently a judicial officer, whose primary duty 
it was not to convict all who were brought before him, but 
to find out whether conviction was deserved. In this respect 
Mr. Morse had demonstrated in his own career the true dis- 
trict attorney." At the close of the dinner, greatly to the 
surprise of Mr. Morse, he was presented by his friends with 
an elegant service of silver plate. Since then he has de- 
voted himself with industry and fidelity to a large and lucra- 
tive law practice. 

The following anecdote is related in a Boston paper of 
recent date, and illustrates Mr. Morse's quick wit and keen 
mind. Robert Morris was a prominent colored lawyer at 


the Suffolk bar, and on one occasion was defending a colored 
dress-maker who was charged with stealing silk from her 
customers and substituting for it poorer material. A lady 
witness against the dress-maker testified that she could tell 
the value of silk within twenty-five cents per yard. Mr. 
Morris on cross-examining the witness, taking advantage of 
the common opinion that colored j)erson8 are hard to distin- 
guish from white persons, asked the witness if she could 
recognize a colored man who had brought a bundle to her. 
' ' No ; I think that colored folks all look pretty much alike 
to me." "Oh, they do, do they?" was lawyer Morris' 
quick reply. "We'll see." Then turning to the court 
room, where many interested colored spectators were seated, 
he requested several gentlemen of color to stand, and then 
asked the witness : " Now, look at me and these other gent- 
lemen, and tell the court whether you could tell us apart." 

"I don't see much difference," she replied. " Perhaps by 
studying you all I could, but your heads are all shaped alike 
and except that some are darker than others, I should find it 
difficult to distinguish." 

"Now, madam," said Mr. Morris with an air of oppressed 
humanity, " do you mean to swear, after telling the jury that 
you can judge of the value of silk within twenty-five cents a 
yard, that you can't tell the difference between Mr. Johnson 
here and me ? " 

Without waiting for the witness to reply, Mr. Morse 
broke in : " She claimed to be a judge of silk, not a judge 
of wool." 

Squire Morris took the retort in the best of humor, but 
nevertheless it broke the force of his cross-examination. 

In 1857 Dartmouth College conferred upon Mr. Morse 
the honorary degree of Master of Arts. 


A son of Stephen and Sally (Kay) Morse, was born in 


Haverhill in 1792, and afterwards lived in Rumney. He 
was the organizer in 1814 of the first permanent stage line 
between Concord arid Haverhill, and in the spring of that 
year, he with a party of invited guests, came over the route 
in the first stage. Subsequently, he became noted as one of 
the great stage proprietors and mail carriers between Concord 
and Haverhill, and he was also interested in other lines. 
He was a man of great force and energy in pushing enter- 


Son of John and Eunice (Willoughby) Morse, was born in 
Haverhill in 1814. He fitted for college at HaverhUl Acad- 
emy, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1848, at the 
age of thirty-four. He was principal of Howard Grammer 
School in Charlestown, Mass., for eighteen years. Mr. 
Morse is a Universalist minister, but in later years, on ac- 
count of impaired health, he has lived in Hanover on a farm. 
He married Sarah M. Ripley. 


The oldest son of John and Lois (Leverett) Nelson, was 
born in Haverhill. He entered Dartmouth College in 1842, 
and graduated from the University of Burlingtan in 1846. 
After his admission to the bar he began the practice of law 
in Worcester, Mass., and soon rose to be one of the leading 
members of the Worcester county bar. He is now United 
States Circuit Judge, and lives in Worcester, Mass. Judge 
Nelson is a man of ability and a learned jurist. 


Is the oldest son of Joseph B. Niles, and received his educa- 
tion at Haverhill Academy. His first start in life was as 
cook on a raft to Hartford, and then he went to Springfield, 
Mass., where he has been in business for nearly forty years. 
He is the founder of the well-known wholesale and retail 

338 HISTORY or haverhill. 

house of that city, first for twenty years under the name of 
A. F. Niles, and afterwards A. F. Niles & Son. They are 
dealers in groceries, fish, provisions and fruit, and have also 
a meat market connected with their establishment which is 
one of the best equipped in the city, and their business is one 
of the largest in their line in Springfield. In a volume, 
"Massachusetts Industries," the firm is thus spoken of: 
" The founder of this wide-awake house, Mr. A. F. Niles, 
is a native of New Hampshire, and a gentleman possessing 
the most commendable business characteristics, being enter- 
prising, energetic, industrious, liberal in methods and the 
soul of integrity. His son, Mr. O. W. Niles, was born in 
Springfield, and is now in his twenty-ninth year. He is a 
young man of exceptional business capacity, prompt and re- 
liable, pushing, popular and praiseworthy, and commands 
hosts of friends. There is no business house here more 
popular or more deserving of its success, and the host of 
patrons who have entered into business relations with it is 

Mr. Niles married a sister of Dr. Wetherbee of North 
Haverhill, and they have three children. He is a deacon in 
the Memorial church, Springfield, and a prominent citizen of 
of that city. He is intelligent, genial, and devoted to his 


Brother of the above, also lives in Springfield and was for 
many years in business with Alonzo F. He served in the 
war, and was taken prisoner at Ball's Bluff, being confined 
in Libby prison three months. For several years he lived in 
Nebraska, and carried on farming. He is now engaged in 
mercantile business in Springfield. 


The son of Jonathan S. and Myra (Montgomery) Nichols, 
was born in Haverhill. He was educated at Haverhill and 


Kimball Union Academies, and graduated from Dartmouth 
College in 1864. Since leaving college he has been engaged 
in teaching at Webster, Nantucket and Somerville, Mass., 
in which profession he has gained praiseworthy success. 


Sister of the above, received her education in Haverhill 
Academy and at Mt. Holyoke Seminary. She has been a 
successful teacher since graduation. 


Daughter of Jonathan S. and Elizabeth (Page) Nichols, 
was educated at Haverhill Academy and at State Normal 
School, Plymouth. She has devoted herself to music, and 
has gained much success in that profession. She has recently 
married John Donovan, a civil engineer of talent and enter- 
, prise. 


Was born in 1827. His father was the only son of Timothy 
Noyes. At the age of eighteen he went to Lowell, where 
he has since resided. For a while he worked in the mills, 
and then for fourteen years he was in the furniture business, 
and since then he has been the head of the Noyes Manufac- 
turing Co., makers of mill and railroad specialties. He 
married Adelaide Closson of Lyme, and of three children, 
the daughter is a teacher in Hartford, Conn., two sons are 
at home, and one in Pennsylvania. Mr. Noyes modestly 
says he has been " fairly successful." 


Is the second son of Gov. John and Hannah (Merrill) Page, 
and was born in Haverhill in 1814. He received his educa- 
tion at Haverhill Academy, and served for a short time as a 
clerk in a store in Portland, Me. Returning to Haverhill, 
he engaged in mercantile business at the Brook, and con- 
tinued to do so, until at the resignation of Mr. Bunce he was 


chosen cashier of Grafton County Bank. Afterwards he 
became cashier of the bank of Danville, Vt., and continued 
in that position for some years, when he was called to be 
superintendent of the Passumpsic railroad. Later he was 
chosen cashier of a bank in Montpelier, Yt., and has lived 
there to the present time. He is now largely retired from 
active business, but continues as president of the National 
Bank of Montpelier. Mr. Page was state treasurer of Ver- 
mont for sixteen years in succession, and proved an able and 
faithful public officer. He has addressed himself to business 
from the first with diligence, prudence and good judgment, 
and has accumulated a handsome fortune. He has been one 
of the leading and influential citizens of Vermont, and is 
held in high esteem by his fellow citizens. Mr. Page mar- 
ried Martha Ward of Haverhill, and their only child, a son, 
is engaged in stock-raising in the west. 


Was born in 1838, and is the youngest son of Samuel and 
Eliza (Swasey) Page of Haverhill. His education was 
acquired in the common schools until he was old enough to 
attend school away from home, when he was sent to St. 
Johnsbury Academy, Vt, and also to the seminary at New- 
bury, Vt. At the close of his school years he entered the 
jewelry store of Henry Towle of Haverhill, as an apprentice 
in that business, and remained there a little over two years. 
Afterwards he went to Boston and got a situation with a 
jewelry firm there, and though he began at the low wages of 
four dollars per week, he soon had his wages advanced on 
account of his industry and strict attention to business. 
Later he was offered a place in the management of a loan 
office, but was somewhat in doubt as to his ability to make 
an honest living. Being assured, however, that he was at 
liberty to manage the business to suit himself, he entered 
upon its duties. After a few years he in company with 
another person bought out his employer, and they continued 


the loan business for eleven years at the old stand on Salem 
street, when Mr. Page assumed the entire ownership and 
control of the concern, and has remained in the business at 
the same place till the present time. Near the close of the 
War of the Rebellion he served one hundred days in the 6th 
Eeg. Mass. Vol. 

Mr. Page has gained much success in business and has 
been a careful and wise financier. He is largely interested 
in real estate in Melrose, and also is a stockholder in the 
Farmers Trust and Loan Company of Anthony, Kansas, of 
which he is the vice-president. He is a man of intelligence 
and close observation, and has travelled extensively both at 
home and abroad. Where he resides he has always taken 
an active and praiseworthy interest in all matters pertaining 
to the public, and is a public-spirited and enterprising citi- 
zen. He is prominent in church and philanthropic matters, 
and is a deacon in the Congregational church of Melrose. 
Mr. Page married in 1869 Harriet E. Hibbard of Concord, 
Vt., and has a family of two children living, having lost a 
son a few years ago by a tragic death. 


Was born in Haverhill in 1820, and is a son of Maj. Isaac 
and Charlotte (Atherton) Pearson. He received his educa- 
tion at Haverhill Academy, and afterwards was engaged with 
his father in the manufacture of lumber. In 1851 he moved 
to Chicago and cast in his life and fortunes with that young 
and growing city where he still resides. Mr. Pearson has 
been very successful as a lumber merchant, inheriting both 
his father's and grandfather's genius in that line of trade, and 
is one of the prominent business men of that city. Besides 
his large yards at Chicago, he has extensive mills and lum- 
ber tracts at Saginaw, Mich. He is also connected with 
banking institutions both in Chicago and in Saginaw. And 
though a very busy man, he has always taken a very deep 


interest in the moral and religious welfare of Chicago, giv- 
ing freely of his time and means for the advancement of all 
that is good and worthy for society. He is a man of great 
excellence of character, full of kindness and good will, and 
of a genial spirit. He married Sarah Elizabeth With- 
erell, and they have a family of four children. His only 
daughter is married to Prof. Scott of the Chicago Theologi- 
cal Seminary and lives in that city. Two sons are in busi- 
ness with their father, one in Chicago, the other at Saginaw, 
and the remaining son is in Paris pursuing art-studies. Mr. 
Pearson is a worthy representative of the sturdy, energetic 
and noble New England stock. 


Was born in Haverhill, 1854, son of John D. and Jane 
(Poor) Pike. His early advantages were limited, and his 
education was obtained in the district school in winter, whilst 
in summer, from the age of ten to eighteen, he worked on a 
farm. At the latter period he went to Tilton on a milk 
farm for one year, and then at Lowell, Mass., where he 
drove a milk wagon. Later, he bought the route and ran it 
for one or two years, when he engaged in the provision busi- 
ness which he still continues. Mr. Pike has been a most 
successful man, and does a very extensive business, not only 
in Lowell, but also has a branch store in Manchester, selling 
in both places $250,000 worth of goods. He married Jean- 
nette W. Hart and they have five children. His residence 
is on a fine farm four miles from Lowell, at Wamesit, 
Tewksbury. He is public-spirited, full of energy, and 
greatly esteemed where he lives. 


Were children of Rev. Grant and Eliza Howard (Hopkins) 
Powers. All are filling or have filled important positions. 
Elizabeth A. became the wife of Joseph D. Foot of Amboy, 


N. J. Afterwards, she moved to Buffalo, N. Y., and was 
principal for twenty-four years of a ladies seminary. She 
now resides in ^Virginia. Mary W. married Tracy Robin- 
son of Panama, and now resides there. Henrietta M. mar- 
ried Rev. John Kelley of Patterson, N. J., and now lives in 
Washington, D. C. George C. is a wholesale grocer in 
Boston, Mass. 


Is the son of Silvester and Ellen D. (McClary) Reding. 
He received his earlier education at Haverhill Academy, 
after which he served as a clerk for one year in Went- 
worth and Bradford, Vt. He then entered the Commercial 
College at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., and pursued a commercial 
course of study. He commenced business life in Boston, 
and is now a member of the firm of Moore, Smith & Co., 
one of the oldest Boston houses. Mr. Reding is a courte- 
ous and agreeable gentleman. He married Laura C. Wol- 
cott of Quechee, Vt. 


Both children of Levi andMehitabel B. (Carleton) Rodgers. 
The former was born in Guildhall, Vt., in 1843, and at the 
age of nine came with his mother to live in Haverhill. He 
fitted for college at Haverhill and Kimball Union Academies, 
entered Dartmouth College in 1862, graduated in course, 
and for several years after was principal of a grammar school 
in Cleveland, O. ' He studied theology at Andover, gradu- 
ating in 1871, and became pastor of the Congregational 
church, Claremont, where he remained nine years as a suc- 
cessful pastor. He was then settled in Georgetown, Mass., 
the successor of Rev? Charles Beecher, and is now there. 
He married Ellen S. Dimick of Quechee, Vt., a woman of 
superior worth and accomplishment. She died in 1883. 
Mr. Rodgers has been successful as teacher and pastor. 
M. Carleton was born in 1847, fitted for college at Kim- 


ball Union Academy, and graduated from Dartmouth Col- 
lege in 1871. He taught in Tingloro, Walpole and New- 
Bedford, Mass., remaining in the latter place nine years and 
then moved to Virginia and engaged in farming for several 
years. He is now in business in Bridgeport, Conn. He 
married Laura J. Chamberlain of Mclndoes Falls, Vt. 


Parents were Jonathan B. and Cynthia (Abbott) Rowell, 
and he was born in 1833, their second son. He left Haver- 
hill with his father in 1846, at the age of thirteen, and has 
lived in McLean county, 111. Losing their father a year 
after he moved west, the family having to care for itself, as 
INIr. Rowell had met with financial reverses before leaving 
Haverhill. Jonathan H. taught school and worked on the 
farm till he, was twenty-one years old, when he entered 
Eureka (111.) College, of which he is a graduate. After 
graduation he was professor in mathematics in his Alma 
Mater till the War of the Rebellion broke out, when he en- 
listed in the 17th 111. Infantry and served three years as 
lieutenant and captain, and took part in the principal battles 
fought by the "Army of the Tennessee," which was Gen. 
Grant's original command. At the close of the war Capt. 
Rowell entered the law school of the university of Chicago, 
and graduated from that institution in 1865. Since then he 
has practised his profession in Bloomington, 111. He was 
first state's attorney of his district four years, and served six 
years on the board of education of Bloomington. Two years 
he was a master in chancery for that county. In 1882 he 
was chosen to Congress, and has held his seat since that 
time. He was a Garfield and Arthur elector in 1880, and 
has taken an active and prominent part in all the political 
campaigns since the close of the war, and is one of the lead- 
ing men of the state in the councils of his party. In Con- 
gress he has actively engaged in all the more important meas- 


ures of legislation before that body, and has served on the 
committee of war claims, District of Columbia, and elections. 
He represents the most wealthy district of the state outside 
of Cook county which includes the city of Chicago. 

Capt. Rowell is an able and successful lawyer, well known 
not only in his own district, but throughout the state. His 
record both in civil and military life is most honorable and 
successful. His wife is a native of Illinois, but her parents 
were from New England, and of their children, a son and 
daughter are graduates of the university of Michigan. 


Brother of the above, is a distinguished physician in Fresno, 
California, and has also taken an active and prominent part 
in politics. 


Was a graduate of Dartmouth College in 1825 and belonged 
to the Soper family of Haverhill. He lived in New York 
and was a lawyer. In 1847 he was appointed a county 
judge and continued in that position till 1851. 


Is the son of Caleb and Salley (Dewey) Stevens, and was 
born in Piermont in 1821, meeting with an accident in boy- 
hood, which disabled him for manual labor, he was trained 
for a professional life. He received his early education at 
Haverhill Academy, and afterwards entered Dartmouth Col- 
lege, from which he graduated in the class of 1843. After 
leaving college he taught the academy at Stanstead, Canada, 
for two years, and in the meantime he pursued the study of 
law under the direction of E. C. Johnson, Esq., of Derby 
Line, Vt. In the fall of 1845 he went to Concord and con- 
tinued his professional studies with the late. Chief-Justice 
Perley, and was admitted to the Merrimac county bar in 
1847. He at once opened an office in Concord and began 
the practice of his profession in that city, and continued to 


do so until 1880, when he retired from professional life and 
surrendered his business to his son. 

Mr. Stevens has been married twice, first to Achsah Pol- 
lard French of Concord, and his secoud wife's maiden name 
was Frances Childs Brownell of New Bedford, Mass. There 
are two children by each marriage. Henry Webster, the 
oldest son, is a rising young lawyer in Concord. 

Mr. Stevens at the time of his retirement, was one of the 
prominent members of the Merrimac county bar, and had 
gained large success, both in his profession and in other busi- 
ness, and retired with an ample fortune and an honorable 
career. During the years of his more active life he was fre- 
quently called to positions of honor and trust. He was ap- 
pointed by Governor Gilmore to settle the war claims of 
New Hampshire against the general government arising 
previous to 1863, and represented with two others as com- 
missioners the state at the dedication of the national ceme- 
tery at Gettysburg in 1863. For four years he was a repre- 
sentative in the legislature from the city of Concord, and 
twice he was elected mayor of that city. In 1872 he was a 
presidential elector when President Grant was re-elected. 
Afterwards, 1880-1 he served for two years as a member of 
the executive council, and was chosen a state senator in 1884. 

Mr. Stevens has also been intimately connected with busi- 
ness and money interests, having been president of the Mer- 
rimac County Savings Bank from its organization, and a 
director in the National State Capitol Bank since 1865. In 
addition to these he has been called to other positions of trust 
and responsibility. He served many years as a trustee of 
Boscawen and Kimball Union Academies, and since 1881 he 
has also been a trustee of the New Hampshire College of 
Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. In religious and benevolent 
matters he has taken an active and prominent part. He has 
been vice president of the New Hampshire Home Missionary 
society, and since 1871 its careful and trustworthy treasurer. 


He is also treasurer of the Ministers and Widows Charitable 
Pund. Mr. Stevens is connected with the South Congrega- 
tional church and society, and is one of its most efficient 
useful members, and is a man of high character and integ- 
rity. He is a warm and steadfast friend, and a most cordial 
and courteous gentleman. 



Were sons of Rev. Ethan and Bathsheba (Sanford) Smith, 
and were bom in Haverhill near the close of the last century. 
Lyndon Arnold was fitted for college at Hanover Academy, 
and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1817. He mar- 
ried a daughter of President Griffin of Williams College, 
and gained a prominence in his profession as a skillful physi- 
cian in Newark, N. J. 

Stephen Sanford Smith was a minister of large usefulness, 
and was pastor of a church in Chicago during his last years. 

Carlos Smith was a graduate of Union College, a success- 
ful minister, and was honored with the title of D. D. 


Was born in Haverhill in 1855, son of Henry and. Sarah M. 
(Pike) Smith. At the age of sixteen he engaged as a clerk 
in a store in Biddeford, Me., where he remained five years ; 
the last year a partner in the house. Afterwards, he was a 
merchant at Woods ville, in the firm of Cutting & Smith, but 
in a year or two he began a course of study at New Hamp- 
ton, and at the close of his academic course, he read medi- 
cine with Dr. D. W. Hazeltine of Springfield, Vt. He at- 
tended one course of lectures at Burlington, Vt., and two 
courses at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, New 
York City, graduating from the latter place in 1884. He 
began the practice of his profession at Reading, Vt., where 
he still continues, and in the few years of his professional 
life he has met with much success and is in possession of a 


steadily growing business. Dr. Smith is a rising man. He 
married Martha Alice Warren, a native of Haverhill, and 
daughter of Charles P. Warren. 


Is the son of Joseph and Priscilla (Page) Stovs^e, and was 
born near Sugar Loaf, East Haverhill, in 1831. The 
Stowes are of Puritan stock. Dr. Stowe left Haverhill with 
his parents when quite young, and went to Wisconsin, then 
an almost unbroken wilderness. He pursued his academic 
education at Lawrence University, from which he graduated 
in 1858, and entered the ministry of the Methodist Episco- 
pal church, filling several of the most important pulpits of 
the Conference, and was presiding elder for eight years of 
the Milwaukee district. He was chosen in 1880 by the gen- 
eral conference agent of the Western Methodist Book Con- 
cern, which position he now holds. He has been a member 
of the last three general conferences, and also of the Centen- 
nial Conference. In 1884 he received the honoary degree of 
D. D. During the Rebellion he was chaplain of 27th Reg. 
Wis. Vol. He married Grace H. Bond of Buffalo, N. Y., 
and they have three children, Hester P., a graduate of Buf- 
falo Female College, and now connected with a German 
Kindergarten in Berlin, Germany ; Bond, a student in 
Chicago Medical College and a graduate of Northwestern 
University, and Will C, a member now of the same univer- 
sity. Dr. Stowe is a man of ability and much force of char- 
acter, and has won an honorable place. 


The following are children and grand-children of Col. 
William Tarleton : 


Lived in Chillicothe, Ohio, was high sheriff of the county 
and an associate judge, and was successful in business. 



Lived in Concord for a time after the death of his father, 
and then went to Mobile, Ala., and became very wealthy. 


Also lived in Mobile, and was a man of very supreme ability 
and excellence. 


Was engaged at one time in the iron business at Krysville, 
N. Y., and died in Alabama. 


Was a merchant in Alabama, a warm personal friend of the 
late Ex-President Pierce, by whom he was appointed consul 
to Australia. 


A grandson of Col. Tarleton, and son of Amos, went South 
and was there during the early part of the war. He mar- 
ried a Miss Barstow of Piermont. He now lives in Brook- 
lyn, New York, and is engaged in the business of compres- 
sing cotton. 


Brother of Horace, is the only son of the second generation, 
except .Henry, that now lives in this section of country. He 
was educated at Haverhill Academy, and then went to Bos-' 
ton as clerk in a store. Health failing him, he was advised 
to spend some time at the sea-shore at Shirley Point. He 
remained there several years in a hotel, meantime getting an 
idea of that business, and soon after became the proprietor 
of the Ocean House, Chelsea Beach, which he kept for 
thirty-one years with very great success, enlarging the house 
to its present size. He retired from the business in 1880. 
He now resides in Haverhill in the Col. Johnston place, 
which he has fitted up in convenient and attractive style. 
Mr. Tarleton is a gentleman of intelligence and wide expe- 
rience, and large acquaintanceship with men and things, of 


gentle manners and an agreeable companion. He has never 


The former was the son of Col. Simon and Susan (Hall) 
Towle, and spent the larger part of his life in Tallahassee, 
Fla. , where he carried on successfully the business of a jew- 
eler. He died in New York in 1857. 

James H. is the second son of Henry and Susan (Pierce) 
Towle. His father was a jeweler, and carried on that busi- 
ness in Haverhill for many years. James H. was a clerk in 
his father's store. Afterwards he went to New York, and 
engaged in the same business, and for a number of years he 
was a member of the firm of Fellows & Co,, Maiden Lane, 
N. Y. He retired from active business a few years ago. 
He married Mary G., daughter of Dr. Spalding of Haver- 
hill, and they have one child, a daughter. Mr. Towle is a 
genial and social gentleman. 


Was born in Haverhill in 1808, and is the youngest son of 
Nathaniel and Sarah (Pearson) Wilson. He fitted for col- 
lege at Haverhill Academy, and graduated from Dartmouth 
College in 1829. After leaving college he taught the acad- 
emy at Lancaster for two years, and was a popular and suc- 
cessful teacher. He was also at the head of the High school 
in Augusta, Me., for one year. After the close of his ser- 
vice as teacher he began the study of the law with Hon. 
George Evans of Gardiner, Me. He was also for a short 
time in Mr. Bell's ofiice before he taught at Lancaster. In 
1834 he was admitted to the bar in Kennebec county, Me., 
and immediately began the practice of his profession at 
Orono, Me., where he has continued to live till the present 
time. He married Sarah H. Boardman of Lancaster, a 
most accomplished and beautiful woman, who died two years 
after their marriage. Afterwards, he married Abbie Ann 


Colburn of Orono, and of their children the oldest son served 
in the War of the Rebellion in the expedition against New 
Orleans. Two are graduates of Bowdoin College, one a 
successful lawyer at Orono, and the other a popular and tal- 
ented Congregational minister in Mass. He has also a son 
who is a physician, and two who are enterprising business 
men. One of the daughters is the wife of Prof. Jordon of 
Orono, and another lives in Kansas, where her husband is a 
rising lawyer. 

Mr. Wilson has been prominently identified with all the 
leading interests of his adopted home, taking a leading part 
in all matters for the moral and religious upbuilding of the 
community. For thirty years he served on the school board 
of Orono, and was largely instrumental in securing the loca- 
tion in that place of the State College of Agriculture and 
the Mechanic Arts, and was also for a time in its board of 
trustees. He has held at different times most of the various 
town offices, and whilst a member 'of the legislature, where 
he served with honor, he was a member of the judiciary 
committee, and made a very able speech in favor of a bill to 
increase the salaries of the supreme court judges, which 
placed him amongst the ablest and most influential members 
of that body. He has taken a deep interest in temperance, 
and at one time was Grand Worthy Patriarch of the order 
of Sons of Temperance. As a lawyer, he has been highly 
successful and trusted, and has done a large business, win- 
ning a full share of closely contested cases. In politics Mr. 
Wilson was originally a Henry Clay Whig, but when that 
party went to pieces he became a national Democrat, and 
was an earnest advocate of Gov. Tilden for the presidency. 
In religious sentiment he is a Congregationalist. He is now 
in his eightieth year, and with the exception of his hearing 
he enjoys excellent health, and still retains a lively interest 
in his native town. He feels a just pride in his children. 



Is the youngest son of Isaac P. and Ehoda (Brainard) Wil- 
son, and was born in Haverhill in 1840. His wife was 
Luella E. Woodward of Haverhill. He received his edu- 
cation at the common schools and Haverhill Academy. Pre- 
vious to attending school at the Academy he was a clerk at 
North Haverhill for one year and also a clerk in the post- 
office at Haverhill for two years. After leaving the Acad- 
emy he was for two years in the registry of deeds office 
under Mr. Augustus Whitney, and then at the age of nine- 
teen he went to Boston, and for six years he was in the em- 
ploy of Houghton, Sawyer & Co. When the house of 
Morse, Shepard & Co. started he entered their employ, and 
rose to be a partner in the firm of Morse & Shepard, and is 
now at the head of the firm of Wilson, Laaa4ee& Co., in 
the wholesale dry goods business. Mr. Wilson is an active, 
energetic man, and has won honorable success in life. He 
lives in NewBtu:^, Mass. 


Is the son of Ira and Lucy (Koger) Whitcher, and was 
born in Benton in 1845. He received his early academic 
education at Tilton Seminary, and graduated from Middle- 
town, Conn. He at first entered the ministry, but after- 
wards devoted himself to journalism, and is now editor-in- 
chief of the Boston Evening Traveller. 


Father came to Haverhill in the early part of the present 
century. Haran Wilmot is a brother and Frank L. a 
nephew. Harvey has been a very successful business man 
in the clothing trade in Boston. 


The only son of John L. and Mary Ann (Swasey) Woods, 
was born at Woodsville. He went West quite early in life, 


and when the War of the Rebellion broke out, he became 
Quarter-Master in the army. At the close of the war he 
was put in charge of government property, to dispose of it. 
Before the war he was in the railroad business at St. Louis. 
He is now in the service of the Pullman Car Company, and 
resides at Pullnaan, 111. 


Was born in Enfield, 1844, but came early to HaverhUl. 
He fitted for college at Kimball Union Academy, and grad- 
uated from Dartmouth College in 1868. For a time after 
graduation he was a teacher in Kimball Union Academy, 
and then spent two years in Union Seminary, New York, 
and- finished his theological studies at Andover, Mass. He 
married Abby O. Drew of Waterbury, Vt., and they have 
four children. He was pastor of the Congregational church, 
Acton, Mass., from 1871-84, and now resides there. He 
has been a successful pastor. 



Time-Changes — Life Simple— Two Classes come to Haverhill, the Well-to-do and 
Enterprising, and the Dependent— The first House — Frame Houses, two sizes — 
The great Fire-place and Chimney— The Children and "Popped Com"— "Lug 
Pole" — " Trammels"— Crane— Frying-pan- Dutch Oven— Spit- "The Goose 
Hangs High" — Furniture — Pots and Kettles— The Dresser— Pewter Dishes- 
Wooden Dishes— Two-tined Forks— Hemlock Brooms — Sanded Floors— Car- 
pets Rare — Domestic Duties— Wants Few — Life Happy and Virtuous- Diet- 
Tea and Coffee— Drinks— Flip and Punch — Wine — Drinking Social— Sugar 
Making — Paring-bee— Games — Husklngs — Muster-day — Social Character o( 
Church-going — Society People — OfBcial Position and Moral Worth — The Com- 
mencement of New Order- Rebellion against forced payment of Ministers' 
Taxes — Church-Going less Universal— The Stage-coach — Blinds, Pictures 
and Ornaments — Wooden Plates, Sanded Floors, and Hemlock Brooms Yield — 
First Four-wheeled Carriage — First Piano — Chaises — Wagons — Clocks. 

A century and a quarter makes great changes in the 
domestic and social habits of a people. In intervals of a 
few years we hardly notice such changes, but after a consid- 
erable lapse of time the difference between the Now and the 
Then is very marked. Our fore-fathers would be surprised 
indeed, were they to come back and see things as they are, 
in comparison with things as they were, and we were to be 
transferred to their modes of living, would be equally sur- 
prised. Life in those earlier days was simple. The range 
of experience was much narrower than it is now, and the 
means and facilities of life were far fewer and less varied. 
What was luxury then, is only comfort now, and the luxu- 
ries of to-day was not even a dream to our hardy ancestors, 
whilst the poverty and denials of those times would be con- 
sidered unendurable now. 

Two classes of people came to Haverhill, as they came to 
all other frontier abodes, those of means and enterprise, and 
those who had little of these. The former were men and 
women of large ability and force of character, who were 
leaders where they came from, and were willing to found 
new homes and enlarge their opportunities and fortunes. Of 


this class, Haverhill had more than her full share, as here 
was the garden of the Northern Connecticut valley, with its 
hopefulness and prosperity inviting to enterprise. The 
other class was much the more numerous, and being without 
means and without much energy and thrift, they were de- 
pendent and with little influence in the new settlement. 
They were the "hewers of wood and the drawers of water." 
When the Revolutionary struggle came on, they were the 
first to take alarm and to desire safety and shelter away from 
danger. They had no great interests to fight for here, and 
consequently they were easily tempted to hasten back to their 
original homes. Some did go back, and others were pre- 
vented from going by the commanding influence of the leaders 
of the settlement and the prompt measures which they took 
in furnishing arms to the dependent class. 

The earliest settlers, even those that possessed property 
and had the enjoyments of refined life in their former homes, 
built and lived in log houses the first years of their Cohos 
life. These of course were small, with conveniences and 
comforts the most primitive, but in the case of the well-to-do 
they were only temporary, to be displaced by the earlier 
farm houses which began to be built about 1773. These 
were of two sizes, the half house about twenty-five feet 
square, small and low, some of which are still standing, and 
the double house, twenty-five feet one way and forty feet the 
other. The former satisfied the aims of the unambitious, 
whilst the latter were an indication of thrift and progress in 
worldly attainments. This latter house is still to be met 
with, either in its original form, or somewhat modified in 
the course of improvement, with two rooms front and a 
large room back of these, used chiefly as the living-room, and 
a small bed-room off" from this main room. The old Col. 
Johnston house is of this style. Shutters or blinds were un- 
known in the earlier days, and the windows and window- 
glass of a greenish shade were small. 


From the family room was built an immense chimney with 
fire-place large enough to receive huge logs, and sufficiently 
roomy to accommodate the whole family of children, who in 
the long winter evenings were seated on wood blocks at 
either end of the fire-place. The large stick back was called 
the "back-log," from three to six feet long sometimes, and 
would last several days. On this was placed a "top-stick," 
and in front the "fore-stick." Between these were the bed 
of coals and the fire wood. Much of the heat went up the 
immense chimney, but the mass of burning wood and coals 
and the heated bricks furnished generous warmth for the in- 
mates. The ample flue carried off the dense volume of 
smoke that arose from the blazing fire, whilst the stars on 
clear nights could be seen by the prattling children in the 
chimney corner. Many were the good times they had in the 
olden fire-place, roasting green corn in the husk on chill and 
lowry days, crunching apples in the long fall and winter 
evenings, and popping corn in the ashes.* Back of the 
fire-place was the old brick oven, and in one corner of the 
chimney hung the dim Roman oil lamp with its bird-like 

The chimney place served another purpose as well as for 
warming and amusement. Here the meals were prepared. 
Over head was the "lug-pole," as it was called, made of a 
green stick of wood, and placed far enough above the fire so 
as not to become ignited by the heat and flames. From this 
pole hung the " trammels." These were long straight pieces 
of iron punched with holes into which the "pot-hooks" were 
set, so that the pot or kettle could be lowered or raised at 
pleasure. The ' ' crane " was a later contrivance and served 
the same purpose as the "trammels" and "pot-hooks." The 

♦ The hot ashes were drawn out and little wells or trenches made, 
and then a handful of corn was thrown Into these and quickly covered 
up. In a few moments the corn would pop out into the fire-place or 


frying-pan was set directly on the coals which the good 
house-wife drew out from the back-log, or it had long legs 
which straddled the embers, and was easily shifted by the 
long handle. There were also in use the "Dutch oven" and 
the "spit" for roasting meats. The "Dutch oven" was 
made of iron, shaped something like a deep covered dish, 
and had short legs. The cover with guard around the rim 
was filled with live coals, so as to aid the cooking by heating 
from above. The "spit" was a tin oven with dripping-pan, 
on which the meat or food was placed, shaped like a fire- 
blower, and was open on the fire side. On the side from 
the fire it had a door, through which the meat was turned 
on the "spit." Another way of roasting was by suspend- 
ing the fowl from a point in the chimney by a string, and 
giving the fowl a rotary motion so as to bring each part to 
the heat. This is said to have been an epicurian mode of 
cooking the goose. 

Fire was kept over night by covering up the embers with 
ashes. Sometimes when it went out a few coals or a brand 
were borrowed from a near neighbor. But our fore-fathers 
could always ' ' strike fire " with the steel-ring, flint and 
tinder. * 

The houses were fitted up with furniture made of wood 
from the neighboring forests. Pots and kettles were of iron, 
copper and tin. In the kitchen was the " dresser," a sort of 
open cupboard, containing the pewter dishes, which in all 
well-regulated families were highly polished, and the mugs 
and knives and forks. In the houses of the poor, wooden 
dishes were found instead of the pewter. Three-pronged 
forks were unknown. Hemlock brooms were in common 
use, and the floors were sprinkled with clean white sand. 

* The tinder was a soft, dry, spongy substance called " punk," 
found in wood. It was shaved in thin slices and laid on the flint, and 
then when the latter was struck with the steel the sparks would 
ignite the tinder. Every family had this Are outfit. 


Carpets had not yet come into use, except in rare cases, till 
the early part of the present century. Every thing was 
home-made. House-wives spun and wove, atid also did the 
knitting, and sewing and mending. The walls werie bare of 
pictures and ornaments, and the era of pianos, and laces, 
and Venetian blinds were a generation in the future. If the 
work of our ffreat-g;randmothers was hard with their few 
conveniences as compared with our ample facilities and larger 
means, their necessities were far less exacting, and they were 
satisfied with a simple mode of life, out of which they man- 
aged to extract many a sweet, and gave to the world an ex- 
ample of contentment, industry, and moral purity. 

The better class were good livers, though the luxuries of 
life were few and sparingly used. Meat was eaten in large 
quantities, both that which was obtained from domestic ani- 
mals and that which was secured by hunting and fishing. 
Wild animals abounded in these times, and the forests were 
hunted for bear, moose, deer, and smaller game, whilst the 
waters swarmed with fish, which were caught in large quanti- 
ties and used as food. Wheat was not much in use at first, 
but in families of easy circumstances when company was en- 
tertained, the table was usually served with white or wheaten 
bread. Barley-cake was a common article of food, but 
buck-wheat was not much in favor. The most general kind 
of bread was that which was made of rye and Indian meal, 
and this appeared on the table at each meal. The Indian 
pudding was a great favorite if we may judge from the fre- 
quency with which it made its appearance at meal time. 
Potatoes were not much in vogue in the earlier days, but 
turnips and parsnips were common vegetables for the table. 
Common yellow corn was used in the green state. Sweet 
corn was not then known. Pumpkins also were a common 
article of food, and were prepared by cutting a hole in one 
end and removing all the seeds and soft parts, and being 
filled with milk, they were baked in a hot oven for six or 


eight hours. This was a favorite dish. Squash was not 
much in use amongst the early settlers. ' 

Tea was a rarity in these times, and coffee was made from 
corn, rye, beans and wheat, roasted. There were other 
drinks. Punch was one of the most common, and was made 
in large bowls and passed around to the company, each per- 
son drinking from the bowl in which the beverage was pre- 
pared. Flip was another popular drink, made in mugs of 
beer and later of cider, and heated by the "flip-iron" or 
"logger-head," or even by the fire-poker. After orchards 
began to bear, and when cider was plenty, the "juice of the 
forbidden fruit" was taken "straight" and freely. Wine 
was seldom used and was confined entirely to those who 
formed the aristocracy or the society of the settlement. All 
drinking was of a social character, and generally the same 
mug or bowl was passed from mouth to mouth. 

Sugar-making was a social event. Everything was primi- 
tive, no large pans or evaporators, but old fashioned iron 
kettles hung on green poles over cracking fires, to reduce the 
sap to syrup, and then a kettle hung on a pole to sugar off 
by. The boys and girls had jolly times over their syrup and 
snow and birch paddles niade sweeter by ruby lips, and the 
gallant beaux would blister their tongues to see if the syrup 
was cool enough for their sweethearts. And so with song 
and many a silver laugh, the sugar party went on into the 
late evening. 

Quite an incident was the paring-bee in bringing the young ' 
folks together. The large boys and young men mounted the 
paring machines and peeled the apples, whilst the larger girls 
and young ladies quartered and cored them, and the watch- 
ful mothers with the smaller boys' and girls, did the " string- 
ing," and hung them in graceful festoons over the kitchen 
poles. Then came the supper, bountiful and appetizing, and 
further on in the evening "blind-man's buff" and "turn the 
plate," with forfeits willingly given and quickly taken, and 


SO "chasing the squirrel," and "passing the handkerchief," 
and "Simon says hands up," the midnight hour drew om, 
and the boys went home with the girls iai the wee hours of 
the night. 

Then, also, the huskings in the bright October evenings, 
when the air was crisp and the stars over head jeweled the 
sky. These were common in early times, and the company 
was often large. The unhusked corn was piled in a heap in 
the centre of the great kitchen, and the buskers, — men, 
women, boys and girls, — sat around the fire on the floor. 
From the immense fire-place supplied with pitch knots and 
wood, came abundant light, casting a spectral hue over the 
room and its occupants. The hours were varied with song 
and story, and the red ear, the eager search of all, was awaited 
with many a laugh and joke and guess. When the pile was 
husked, cider was passed around, and the young people in- 
dulged in a little dancing. Later, came the supper of baked 
beans and Indian pudding, pumpkin pies, doughnuts, cake 
and cheese, and afterwards a renewal of the dance, the gay 
company singing, " We won't go home till morning," and 
generally they didn't. 

Muster-day also had its social feature, and was a great 
event in early times. Every body saw every body far and 
near on that occasion. 

The social character of church-going was stronger then 
than now. The people generally went to church. Meetings 
■ were held morning and evening, with an hour's intermission 
between the services. Those from a distance took a bite of 
cheese and bread. Sabbath schools there were none, and the 
hour was spent by the women in social chat about domestic 
matters, and the latest neighborhood news was served up for 
the week. The men talked over the news and events of the 
outer world, if any thing more than ordinary came to hand, 
as well as the home news. To many this was the only time 
when they learned what was going on in the outer world. 


Papere were a rarity, and the leaders of -society would be 
surrounded by groups of men and boys, listening to what 
was said. Sometimes a little business was initiated, incipi- 
ent steps taken toward purchases and trades, or What could 
be ha,d or done that was needed. The hour was a sort of 
exchange time, when seller and buyer, like the good deacon, 
would talk, saying, "If it was to-morrow, what and so." 
This was generally done in a quiet way, and was known as 
"horse-shedding." Our fore-fathers were not especially 
wicked in this. It was not greed that made them use " holy 
time" for the initiation of such matters, but they were gov- 
erned by circumstances, sometimes well-nigh by necessity, 
and it may be doubted if their "walk and conversation" was 
not fully as exemplary as that of people to-day who go to 

Such was the general domestic and social life in Haverhill 
to the early quarter of the present century. The rich and 
society people of that day had of cours'e their little gather- 
ings, and were a class by themselves distinct from the great 
mass of the people. It is said, and it is quite true, I think, 
that the society people of early Haverhill were generally in 
better circumstances of property and education than the same 
class in the surrounding towns. There was a genuine aris- 
tocracy which gave character and influence to the Town, and 
this class was composed of men and women of superior en- 
dowment. Official position in those days represented moral 
worth and capacity. 

But the ways and customs of old have changed. The 
first quarter of nineteenth century marks the commencement 
of a new order of things. Rebellion against forced payment 
of taxes for support of the gospel begins to show itself. 
Church-going, though still regarded as an item of respecta- 
bility, is less universal. The advance line of modern social 
and domestic civilization is coming apace. The stage coach 
is heard in the near future, and horse-back riding begins to 


decrease. Blinds, pictures and ornaments appear here and 
there. Wooden plates give way about 1815, as do also 
sanded floors and hemlock brooms. I am told that the first 
four-wheel carriage was brought to the Cohos Country in 1814 
and belonged to Benjamin Sweat of Piermont, and much 
later the first piano appeared in Haverhill. Chaises were in- 
troduced in 1805 and wagons a little later. Stoves were 
not known at the close of the last century. , Cook stoves 
came into use about 1815 and clocks a little earlier. The 
large fire-place gave way to the iron frame, and the Frank- 
lin sto-se succeeded this. Paring-bees and huskings are still 
features of secluded country life, but not as of yore, and 
many of the customs and ways of the olden times are dim 
shadows of the past, or so changed that they are hardly 
recognized. No longer the "curfew tolls the evening bell," 
and the olden lights glimmer only in memory. 



The Indian names which were given to the territory of 
Haverhill and its rivers have been retained in part. The 
country was known in earliest times as Cowass, Kohass and 
Cohas or Cohos, all different spellings of the same name. 
"Cowass" appears only once in the Town records. But 
soon after the country began to be settled it was almost al- 
ways called Cohos. In later years, however, the h has been 
dropped, and it is now almost invariably written Coos. This 
is unfortunate, as it is misleading as regards to the proper 
pronunciation of the name, sometimes pronounced as if po 
were one long o. In this volume the spelling has been 
uniformly Cohos, as probably the most correct. Cohos it 
is said means crooked, and was borrowed from the Cohas- 
aukes, a part of the St. Francis tribe, uck or auhe meaning 
7-iver or place, and was applied to the territory of Haverhill, 
on account of the crooked course of the river and the conse- 
quent large bends of the land, the immense bows, the most 
striking of which are the "Little Ox-Bow" in Haverhill, 
and the "Big Ox-Bow" in Newbury, Vt. A similar geo- 
graphical condition of the territory presents itself at and 
above Lancaster, and hence that territory in early times was 
known as "Upper Cohos," whilst the territory of Haverhill 
and Newbury, Vt., was known as "Lower Cohos." 

Ammonoosuc means the fish place or river. The Indian 
way of spelling or pronouncing the word was ITamaos Auke, 
in which can easily be detected the word Ammonoosuc. This 
word by many of the best authorities is written with only 
one «i and a A at the end. 

Connecticut means the long-deer-place or river, and the 


Indian spelling or pronunciation of the word was Quinne- 
Attuch-Auhe. Here also may be readily traced the word 
Connecticut. The word "long" in the Indian name most 
likely refers to the large range of territory in which the deer 
were found. 

In a map of the Cohos Country published in London in 
1768 for his Majesty, the Indian name for the Oliverian is 
given as Umpammonoosuck, composed of the two Indian 
words in Ammonoosuc (Namaos Auke), and following 
the analogy of that word, the former would mean some-sort 
of-a-fish-place or river. 


When the Power's expedition passed through the Cohos 
Country as far north as Lancaster, there were no Indians then 
occupying the territory, although as he reports in his Journal 
of that expedition, there were "cleared intervals" at what is 
now Ox-Bow, and when Page and Pattie came to Ox-Bow 
in 1761, the hills of corn though grown over with grass, 
were still visible, showing that the Indians had been in some 
kind of occupancy of the territory till within a few years. 

The Indians who occupied the Cohos Country were a part 
or branch of the St. Francis tribe, whose head-quarters were 
on the St. Francis river, where they had an extensive settle- 
ment. Whether they occupied the country permanently may 
perhaps be a question of some doubt, especially the New 
Hampshire side, though there are reasons for believing that 
at least for a time they had a permanent settlement in the 
Cohos Country, and cultivated the "cleared intervals" in 
raising corn, the hills of which could still be seen in 1761 by 
the first white settlers. 

There are marks of a permanent Indian settlement on the 
Vermont side of the river, which were still visible when the 
country was first settled by the white man. Traces of an 


old Indian fort were to be seen, and various kinds of Indian 
implements were found, ^uch as stone mortar and pestle, 
arrowheads, flints; etc. Also ash-Keaps and human bone^ 
were torn up by the plow. 

It is however quite probable that in the later years before 
the country was discovered and occupied by the white man, 
Indians did not abide in this region as their permanent set- 
tlement, but only occupied the country temporarily for pur- 
poses of hunting and raising corn. This seems to be 
probable from the fact that when Powers passed through the 
Cohos Country in 1754, no Indians were there in occupancy 
of the territory, nor were there any fresh traces of such 
occupancy. There were also no fresh traces of Indians be- 
ing in permanent possession of the country when the first 
white settlers came in. Grant Powers in his History of the 
Cohos Country makes the statement that Page and Pattie 
were surrounded by Indians in the winter of 1761, which 
they spent at Cohos, but this is not conclusive that a per- 
manent settlement of Indians was at that date there. The 
old fort spoken of had trees growing within it as thick as a 
man's thigh, and this would indicate an abandonment of the 
territory as a permanent home of the Indians. 

Indians, however, continued to abide at Cohos after the 
country was settled by the white man, and their presence at 
that time and in previous years may be. explained in this 
way. This country abounded in game, and if ever perma- 
nently occupied by the St. Francis tribe, which is quite prob- 
able, such occupancy may have ceased on account of the 
Indian wars. Indeed, there is a tradition that after the 
fight with Lovewell the Indians said they would have to 
abandon Cohos.* But though it may have been abandoned 

* This can hardly be called a fight. Capt. Lovewell surprised a 
camp of Indians in the night and killed them all in their sleep ; but 
it struck terror to the hearts ol the savages, and may have caused the 
Cohos branch to abandon this region. The scene ol Capt. Lovewell's 


by the Indians as a permanent home, they still held it as an 
out-post, a hunting-^ound, and as especially well-fitted for 
raising corn. And marks of the latter, as above stated, 
were found both by Powers and the first settlers. 

An interesting fact in my possession may throw light on 
this matter. The late Mr. Hayes of Windsor, Vt., who 
was mail agent between Springfield, Mass., and Newport, 
Vt. , once told me that the first ripe corn between Springfield 
and Newport, was usually found on the meadows at New- 
bury, this being the earliest ground between the two points. 
This may explain the relation of the St. Francis' tribe of 
Indians to the Cohos Country. Years after it may have been 
abandoned as a permanent abode, it was occupied as a hunt- 
ing ground and sure spot to ripen corn, and in this way it 
continued to be a feeder to the large and permanent settle- 
ment of the tribe on the St. Francis river. 


In the charter of Haverhill as in the charters of all other 
towns, certain provisions were made which in these days 
were rather deemed as privileges. One of those provisions 
was for the establishment of a fair twice a year as soon as 
there were "fifty families resident and settled in the town." 
This idea of a fair was brought from England and Ireland, 
and fairs still continue in some places in the old country. 
Russia and the East have their great annual fair on the 
Volga at Nijni Novgorod, lasting several months. These town 
fairs were seasons for trafficking. It is however not known 
whether a fair was ever inaugurated in the Town ; indeed, so 
good authority as Hon. A. S. Batchellor, gives it as his 
opinion that only one town in the state ever begun, and con- 
exploit was in the town of Wakefield, and the pond near Idjt is now 
called Lovewell's pond. 


tinued the custom of a fair, and that was the Scotch-Irish 
settled town of Londonderry, where a fair in olden times 
was held for a week in October. 

The other provision was that for a weekly market day. 
This idea also came from the mother country, and the market 
was held one or more days in each week. It may also be 
doubted whether the observance of this privilege was ever in 
vogue, at least more than nominally. 


When the early settlers came into the Cohos Country, and 
even long after, the region abounded in wild animals and in 
great variety of game and fish. The Connecticut was plen- 
tifully stocked with the finest of salmon, and the brooks 
furnished abundance of trout. Otter, mink and beaver in- 
habited the banks of the rivers and streams in large numbers, 
whilst bear, wolves, moose and deer filled the forests. Capt. 
Powei-s' party shot a moose on Baker's river on their way to 
the Cohos Country. Even as late as 1769 moose yarded in 
the winter on the meadows, and bears came into barn-yards 
and destroyed sheep and small cattle. Grant Powers tells 
how Mrs. Col. Kent of Newbury was surprised one Sabbath 
morning, whilst her husband had gone to church, by three 
monster bears that came and looked into the open door of 
the room where she was sitting. An article in the warrant 
for town meeting in 1769, to see if the Town would provide 
a "stock of ammunition," indicates the exposed condition of 
the settlement to the attacks of ferocious animals. At the 
same meeting " 20 shillings" were voted for each wolf 
caught or killed, and votes of bounties for the destruction of 
wolves, were frequent in subsequent years. 

But although wild animals were numerous in this region 
in early times, tradition hands down no striking adventure 
or death struggle with bears or wolves, such as are recorded 


of Other towns in their early settlement. Doubtless Haver- 
hill had her numerous exciting, hunts of various sorts. Deer 
were pursued for the food they furnished, and bears were 
slain for a like purpose and for their skins, and no doubt the 
moose that yarded on the meadows as la,te as 1769 were not 
left in absolute possession of their camping ground, but 
none of these that are worth recording, have come floating 
down the tide of tradition, so that Grant Powers was com- 
pelled to go out of Town for the bear story that garlands his 


In 1770 the Connecticut valley from Lancaster to North- 
field, Mass., was invaded by an army of worms. They 
crossed the country from west to east, making their appear- 
ance in the latter part of July and literally covered the 
land. In general color they were brown with a black stripe 
. on either side running lengthwise, and in size they were from 
one to three inches in length, and moved rapidly, only paus- 
ing when they took food. They filled the houses and in- 
vaded the dough-troughs of the people. In solid masses 
they crawled up the sides and over houses, so that the boards 
and shinffles were hid from view. Entire fields of wheat 
and corn were drowned by them, but pumpkin-vines, peas, 
potatoes and flax were left untouched. They climbed the 
wheat-stalks and cut off" the head which was quickly eaten. 
Corn almost man high and standing thick in fields, was so 
thoroughly consumed that only the bare stalks were left, 
after the army of worms passed through the fields. Sud- 
denly about the first of September they disappeared, and not 
a trace of their dead bodies could be found. Where they 
went or what became of them no one ever knew. They 
appeared again in 1781, but in small numbers, and did very 
little injury. But in their first invasion they left the country 


by their havoc in a destitute condition, and had it not been 
for the immense crop of pumpkins whose vines the worms 
did not touch, and the abundance of pigeons that filled the 
forests that season, great distress, if not actual starvation, 
must have come to multitudes of families in the neighboring 
towns that were not so well provided with a surplus of pro- 
visions as the people of Haverhill were. Col. Tyler of 
Piermont said his father drew hay from Newbury in a hand- 
sled on the ice, to feed his cattle the winter after the worm- 
invasion, and the people of Piermont at the request of Haver- 
hill and Newbury, floated down the river in cribs made of 
logs, immense numbers of pumpkins, that town being left 
especially destitute by the destroyer. 


In the autumn of the same year of the worm-invasion, 
there was an unparalled flight of pigeons into the Cohos 
Country. The forests and fields were black with these 
feathery advents. They came immediately after the worms 
so suddenly disappeared, and their coming was a timely aid 
to the people in the new settlements. They were especially 
numerous on the meadows of Haverhill, and were captured 
in immense quantities. It is related that Col. Jonathan 
Tyler and two of his brothers took in the course of ten days 
over four hundred dozen of these birds. The people picked 
and dried them in large quantities for their winter meat, as a 
substitute for other meats of which they were deprived by 
the ravages of the worms in the destruction of crops on 
which hogs and cattle could be fed. The feathers, too, 
served as useful material for beds and pillows. 


The early settlers "pitched," as they termed it, their homes 


on the meadows. In those days floods were not so sudden 
and precipitous as they have since become. Forests were 
then dense and the ground was covered with thick under- 
growth, so that the water was held in reserve and more 
gradually declined to the river channel. But the river had 
its high waters then as now. Probably the /greatest flood in 
the history of this region since its settlement, occurred in 
1771. In that year the inhabitants were driven from their 
homes on the meadows, and afterwards built new houses on 
the high ground. The river roise to such a heiglft that the 
ground in many places was covered with sand to the depth 
of two and three feet, and the inhabitants not only lost their 
crops for the season, but in some places the soil was torn up 
by the powerful current and carried away. A horse it is 
said, happened to be tied to a log in a stock-yard at Great 
Ox-Bow, and was carried down the river as far as Hanover, 
where he was taken out alive, his head being supported above 
the water by the log. Other animals were swept away by 
the flood, and much damage was done to property. It does 
not appear that any lives were lost, though there were some 
narrow escapes. 


In the earliest days of the settlement when only a blazed 
road led into and from the Cohos Country, transportation in 
summer was by pack-horses and in winter on sleds drawn by 
men. In this way the first mill-crank was brought into this 
region. The pai'ty had hard work in the long journey from 
Concord to Cohos, a distance of nearly seventy miles. Judge 
Woodward and John Page were of the party, and they came 
near perishing in crossing Newfound lake, but finding them- 
selves growing drowsy from exhaustion and cold, they made 
one strenuous effort to reach a camp in the woods. Now 
this camp or retreat was one of a series which the earliest 


settlers had built through the blazed forests from Haverhill 
to Salisbury, ten or twelve miles apart, and they were furn- 
ished with fuel and means of kindling a fire, so that if par- 
ties or individuals were overtaken by fierce storms and piti- 
less cold whilst on their way to or from Cohos, they could at 
least find temporary shelter from the cold and a protected 
place to lodge in. 


I am indebted to the kindness of my friend. Rev. Henry 
A. Hazen, who has done most valuable service in, antiquarian 
researphj fpr, the following sketch of a noted person who 
came to Haverhill, it is saidv before the Revolution, and who 
always seemed to be something of a mysterious character. 
What follows may throw some light upon the man and the 
mystery. The account is taken from the Introduction, pp. 
125-28j of a book published in Boston in 1884, entitled 
"Tea Leaves," by Francis S. Drake. 

"Captain Mackintosh was a tradesman of Boston, who 
acquired great prominence in the local disturbances of the 
town, prior to the outbreak of the Revolution,, but who dis- 
appears from her history after that period. He first came 
into notice as the leader of the. South End party in the cele- 
bration of Pope Day which took place on the 5th of Novem- 
ber in commemoration of the discovery of the Gunpowder 
plot. In 1765 the two factions of the North and South 
Ends harmonized, and after a friendly meeting -in King, now 
State Street, marched together to Liberty Tree. The lead- 
ers. Mackintosh of the South, and Swift of the North End, 
appeared in military habits, with small canes resting on, their 
left arms, having music in front and flank. All the property 
used on such occasions was afterwards burnt on Copps Hill. 
Mackintosh was a ring-leader in the riot of Aug. 26, 1765, 
when Lieut-Gov. Hutchinson's house was destroyed, and 


was arrested in King Street next day, but was immediately 
released by the sheriff, on the demand of a number of mer- 
chants and other persons of character and property. 

"From the diary and letters of Thomas Hutchinson, we 
take the following passage : 

' The Governor had even moved a council, the day after the 
riot. The sheriff attended, and upon inquiry, it appeared 
that one Mackintosh, a shoemaker, was among the most 
active in destroying the Lieut. -Governor's house and furni- 
ture. A warrant was given to the sheriff to apprehend him . 
by name, with divers others. Mackintosh appeared in King 
Street, and the sheriff took him, but soon discharged him 
and returned to the council-chamber, where he gave an ac- 
count of his taking him, and that Mr. Nathaniel Coffin and 
several other gentlemen came to him and told him that it had 
been agreed that the Cadets and many other persons should 
appear in arms the next evening as a guard to security 
against a fish riot, which was feared and said to have been 
threatened, but not a man would appear, unless Mackintosh 
was discharged. The Lieut, -Governor asked, ' but did you 
discharge him?' 'Yes.' 'Then you have not done your 
duty.' And this was all the notice taken of the discharge. 
The true reason of this distinguishing Mackintosh, was that 
he could discover who employed him, where as the other per- 
sons apprehended were such as had collected together with- 
out knowing of any previous plan.' 

' ' Mackintosh was styled the First Captain-General of 
Liberty Tree and had charge of the illuminations, hanging 
at effigies, etc. Long . afterward, on speaking of the tea 
party, he said, 'It was my chickens that did the job.' My 
informant, Mr. Schulyer Merrill, then a boy of ten, remarks 
that it was a mystery to him, at that time, how chickens 
could have any thing to do with a tea party ! Mackintosh is 
described by Merrill as of slight build, sandy complexion, 
and ner^■ous temperament. He died in extreme poverty at 
North Haverhill, N. H., about the year 1812, at the age of 
seventy. His unmarked gra^-e can be pointed out by Mr. 


Merrill, who still resides in North Haverhill at the age of 

Such is the account given of the person who came to 
Haverhill at an early date by the author of "The Leaves." 
Tradition has handed down the fact that he claimed to have 
been the leader of the Tea-party that threw overboard the 
tea in Boston harbor, and being a bold leader who may 
have got himself into trouble in the ' ' local disturbances of 
the town " [Boston] , he left his old abode and came into the 
Cohos Country. 


Grant Powers gives the origin of the name. In 1763 
some soldiers who had enlisted in Pennsylvania in the British 
army at the beginning of the French war, and who were de- 
tained after peace was declared, deserted and made their way 
through the woods to the head waters of the Connecticut, 
and then down the river. Coming to Haverhill much fam- 
ished and finding a horse loose on the interval now known as 
"Horse meadow," they killed the animal and satisfied their 
hunger, not knowing that there were English settlements 
near by. And this incident, it is said, gave origin to the 
name of Horse, meadow. Nearly a century afterwards a 
lad, * working on the farm now owned by the county, was 
passing along the road, when a gentleman and a lady in a 
fine carriage drove up and stopping, asked what place it was. 
The name being given, the gentleman asked the origin of it, 
and was told the story as related by Mr. Powers. " Why ! " 
exclaimed the gentleman, " I shall have something to tell 
my old mother when I get home. My grandfather was one 
of that party and ate of that horse. Many a time I heard 
the story, but I never supposed I should see the place." 

'■ Rev. Levi Kodgers. 



In early times before town poor-houses were appointed, 
the poor were taken care of by individuals. They were put 
up at auction and struck off to the lowest bidder. Thus in 
1798 the sum of 22£, 6s, 2d, was allowed Ezekiel Ladd for 
the care of the poor for the fiscal years 1797-8. A poor- 
farm was bought in 1838. 


This in the early years of the settlement of the Town was 
an office of much usefulness, and the most respectable citi- 
zens were called to fill it. It was known under several 
names, as "hay-wards," "field-drivers." In those daj's the 
fields were exposed to stray hogs, and it was the duty of the 
"hay-wards" or "field-drivers" to take care of these in- 
truders. The method of treatment was to insert a piece of 
wire in the hog's nose and twist the ends together. In this 
way rooting would be prevented. In later times the office 
fell into disrepute, and was often voted as the humor hap- 
pened to take the town-meeting, to some one as a joke, more 
generally to some young man who had married during the 
year. The office seems to have dropped out entirely. 


The office of the tything-man has also come and gone. It 
was peculiar to the times of the early settlement of the Town, 
and was an affair of great importance as our forefathers 
viewed things. The duty of the tything-man was at first to 
inspect licensed houses and to give information of all dis- 
orders to a justice of the peace. That duty afterwards 
passed to the constable, and the tything-man's functions were 
restricted to keeping order on the Sabbath, and was more of 


a religious office. .Taverns were prohibited on the Sabbath 
from entertaining inhabitants of the town ; likewise all labor, 
recreation, travelling and rudeness at places of public wor- 
ship were forbidden on that day, and the tything-man was to 
see to the enforcement of these requirements. He also at- 
tended to the duty of observing order in church and enforc- 
ing a proper regard to the services of the sanctuary. The 
tything-man sat near the minister, and sometimes among the 
audience, with his pole in hand to see that everybody, be- 
haved and kept awake. It is said he would often stand up 
and with his long wand punch some one in the side or back, 
who chanced to be overcome with drowsiness, whilst the boys 
who happened to drop into any misdemeanors were admon- 
ished in the same way. 


Soon after the organization of Grafton county, which was' 
in 1771, some of the more energetic citizens of Haverhill, 
chief of whom was Col. John Hurd, took steps to make 
Haverhill the western county seat, and accordingly in 1773 
the courts were brought to Haverhill, a superior and an in- 
ferior court. The former was called the Court of Common 
Pleas, the latter the Court of Sessions. Col. John Hurd 
was chief justice of the Common Pleas, with Col. Asa Porter 
of Haverhill, Daniel Hobart of Plymouth, and Bezaleel 
Woodward of Hanover as associate justice. Col. John Fen- 
ton of Plymouth was clerk. These were all men of mark. 
The Court of Sessions was composed of the justice of the 
peace. The Common Pleas does not seem to have organized 
till the close of the Rebellion, and the stirring events of 
those times in the Cohos Country seem to have closed the 
courts of justice, and law was administered either by local 
committees or by the military. 

The Court of General Sessions of the Peace met the first 


time in Haverhill in 1774, and the records of its first ses- 
sion are as follows : "At His Majesty's Court of General 
Sessions of the Peace begun in and held at Haverhill in and 
for the county of Grafton, on the 3d Tuesday in April, be- 
ing the 19th of the same month, in the 14th year of the 
reign of George the Third, by the grace of God, of Great 
Brittain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, etc., 
Annoque Domini, 1777." At this first meeting the justices 
present were John Fenton, Bezaleel Woodward, Israel 
Morey and John Whealley. Subsequently, the number of 
justices was much greater, on one occasion the records note 
the presence of twenty -two. The Court of Sessions con- 
tinued till 1794, when by act of legislation it was changed 
or merged into the Court of Common Pleas with four judges. 
Afterwards, 1805, as the records show, the court consisted 
of three judges, a chief justice and the associates. 

It was in 1772 that the Proprietors first moved in the 
'matter of bringing the courts to Haverhill. Col. John Hurd 
was chosen agent of the Town to petition the General 
Assembly in regard to the matter, and for this service he 
was voted " 1,000 acres of land in the undivided land in 
the town-ship of Haverhill," with " liberty to pitch it in a 
square form," upon condition that he should succeed in 
securing the holding of one half the inferior courts and one 
superior court in Haverhill. A copy of this vote was to be 
sent by Col. Asa Porter to Portsmouth by the "easiest 
method." What this " easiest method " was we are not in- 
formed, but it was not by mail, as no post-route was estab- 
lished at that early day. Quite likely the said Col. Porter 
was to watch his chance to send the vote by some one who 
might be journeying that way. But although Col. Hurd 
was fortunate enough to persuade the Provincial Authorities 
to accede to the wishes of the Proprietors, he was not so 
successful in coming into his "pitch" of 1,000 acres of 
land. The Proprietors refused to share with Asa Porter, 


John Hazen, and others, their proportion of the 1,000 acres 
which were voted. And still later, 1779, the Proprietors 
voted to "lay out the land said to be claimed by Col. John 
Hurd into lots, and to be drawed as other lots." What the 
difficulty was, is not known, but this may be a hint to ac- 
count for the fact that between Col. Hurd and the citizens of 
Haverhill, there had sprung up "mutual disaffection." 

After the courts were appointed to be at Haverhill, the 
Proprietors immediately made provision for the location of 
the building, and a piece of land "200 rods square, and a 
road 2 rods wide and 200 rods long," were voted "opposite 
Great Ox-Bow to accommodate the court house and jail." 
The location was a little north of North Haverhill village on 
the west side of the road. The court house and jail were 
built of wood, and Asa Porter acted as agent. Some ex- 
travagance seems to- have been indulged in, and the court 
ordered a committee to investigate Porter's account, and this 
committee reported that the account was a ' ' very extrava- 
gant" one. Col. Charles Johnston and Jonathan Haley 
were added to the committee to complete the buildings, and 
they recommended that they be finished in the ' ' plainest 
and most frugal manner." The court also directed that 
"stocks and a whipping-post" be erected. 

The building of the court house and jail was quite an 
event in the new settlement, and was achieved, besides the 
expenditure of labor and material, with considerable " spirit," 
since the an'iount of rum used on that occasion was over sixty 
ffallons. Col. Porter's account for building the court house 
and jail was £386, 58, 2d, or about $1,931, which in those 
times was, in the language of the investigating committee, a 
"very extravagant" sum. The shingles used were some of 
them sixteen inches wide, and were, it is said, perfectly 
sound when the building was taken down over a half century 
after it was built. It was a large structure, about 80x50 
feet, and two stories high. The upper story tvas used as the 


court-room. At the west end was the jail, and at the east 
end were rooms for the sheriiF and jailer. After it was 
abandoned as a Court House it was used as a dwelling. The 
building had a lonely and desolate look, and the children .on 
their. way to school did not dare to enter it. The windows 
were glazed with small green glass, at which the boys would 
throw stones or clubs as they passed. They finally succeeded 
in breaking them all in, though as one of these boys remarks, 
' ' it took a pretty stoutly-thrown club to demolish them as 
the panes were made of thick glass." 

Early there was a movement to make the south end of the 
Town the important point. Here was ample water-power, 
besides enterprise and public spirit which were prompt in 
utilizing advantages. In 1783 the removal of the Court 
House to the Corner was agitated, and a committee consist- 
ing of Moses Dow, Ezekiel Ladd, and James Woodward, 
recommended the building of a court house and jail on an 
" eminence a little south of the Brook on land of John 
Ladd." A year later another committee was chosen for the 
same purpose, and the composition of the committee, — 
Charles Johnston, Moses Dow, Timothy Bedel, James 
Woodward, — shows the fine hand at work in shaping things 
for the pre-eminence of the Corner. Afterwards, 1793, cer- 
tain citizens of Haverhill, at the head of whom was Charles 
Johnston, erected a building near the site of the present 
Academy building, and offered the same to the county for 
the use of the courts. The court-room was in the second 
story, and the courts were held there and in its successor 
'after the original building was built till about 1843, when 
the present Court House on Court Street was buUt. 

In earlier days eminent lawyers rode the circuit, as it was 
called, and conducted the trial of causes in the courts all 
over the state. Grafton county courts had the full share of 
these visiting attorneys, amongst whom were such well- 
known persons as Jeremiah Smith, Ezekiel Webster, George 


Sullivan, Richard Fletcher, Parker Noyes, Levi Woodbury, 
Ichabod Bartlett, and Joel Parker, men eminent in the pro- 
fession and known far and near, not only for their learning 
and ability, but some of them as eloquent advocates ; and 
the mute walls of the Academy building were they to speak, 
could tell of many a battle of these legal giants, of the fire 
of intellect and the flash of w^it. People gathered in crowds 
to listen to the great leaders of forensic eloquence. And in 
this old court-room, too, Haverhill's greatest lawyer, Joseph 
Bell, maintained the honor of the Grafton county bar in con- 
flict with some of these noted lawyers. 

In earlier days, too, the court terms were longer than they 
are now, and the lawyers, their clients, sheriflF and deputies, 
jurors and witnesses, came to stay till the business that called 
them here was finished. They came in their own teams 
largely. The great lawyers and judges travelled in their ' ' one 
horse shay," and as Mr. Duncap relates in his reminiscence 
of the late Mrs. Morgan whose acquaintanceship with the 
olden bar was so extensive, and the taverns were crowded for 
.weeks with the legal fraternity and their clients. The court 
and the bar had a room and table set apart for themselves, 
and to this elect company no layman was admitted, however 
high in influence and social standing. And on the Sabbath, 
it is said, the judges and the great lawyers were accustomed 
to go down to Piermont in the old meeting house with its 
high-back pews, on the top of the hill just south of Mr. 
Brainard's house, to hear the Rev. Robert Blake, a Scotch- 
man of eloquence and power. A pew was set apart as the 
judges pew. Haverhill was a noted point in those days, and 
the influence of the court and bar upon the place was a 
considerable factor in her history. 


The Hazen Farm. John Hazen, the founder of the 


Town, was accorded the privilege of choosing his "pitch" 
before the other grantees were allowed to draw their shares. 
He accordingly selected his five shares in Ox-Bow meadow 
all in one plot, and the farm was always known as the 
"Hazen Farm." It was about one mile square, and is now 
in possession of Nathaniel M. Swasey of Morth Haverhill. 
The old buildings on the farm are supposed to be the original 
buildings which were erected after the temporary huts were 
put up, and if that is the fact they are over a hundred years 
old. The farm has been in the Swasey family for about 
three-fourths of a century. High Sheriff Edson owned it 
before it came into the possession of Gookin and Swasey. 

The Fisher Farm. The " Fisher Fai-m " several times 
mentioned in these pages was a famous tract of land extend- 
ing from the Ox-Bow to the eastern part of the Town. It 
was a mile wide and between five and six miles long and 
contained over 2,400 acres. The "Hazen Farm" bounded 
it on the west. This tract was covered with the finest of 
pine, and was an unbroken wilderness till the beginning of 
present century, when it passed into the hands of Gookin 
and Swasey, who manufactured vast quantities of lumber 
from it. 

How this tract came into the possession of Mr. Fisher is 
not known, except that as was common in the chartering of 
towns at that time, certain persons who stood near the 
"throne of power," were given the privilege of reserved 
land, perhaps as compensation for their services in securing 
these charters. 

John Fisher was an Englishman who was royal naval 
officer at Portsmouth, and afterwards assistant secretary of 
state in England. He was connected by marriage with Gov. 
Wentworth, and at the breaking out of the Revolution, his 
sympathies being with the royal party, he was compelled to 
leave the country. His lands in Haverhill were confiscated 
during the Revolution and the tillable portion was farmed 


for the benefit of the troops who were stationed at Cohos at 
that time. Afterwards an act was passed by the legislature 
by which these lands were restored, and he and his agents 
were granted the right of selling and of giving a legal title. 
He died in England about 1805. All his children except a 
daughter, Mrs. Shafter of Portsmouth, also went to Eng- 
land. To Mr. Fisher was granted in 1772 a township which 
was called Danzick for some time, and afterwards Fishersfield 
until it was changed to Newbury in 1837. A plan of the 
"Fisher Farm" is found in the Proprietors' records drawn 
by John McDuflfee. 


The territory constituting the Town of Haverhill was 
famous for its immense pines, especially the plain at North 
Haverhill, where may still be seen the marks of these giants 
of the primitive forests, whose half-decayed trunks blackened 
by fire are lying on the ground here and there east of the 
village, and in the huge stump fences which are found in that 
part of the Town. Many of these pines grew to an extra- 
ordinary size, towering into the sky, from which was manu- 
factured the finest lumber. One who remembers well these 
tall trees along the brook above the Swasey mills, tells of 
one cut near Briar hill, seventy feet of which was hauled to 
Swasey 's mill, the butt-end measuring four feet and the 
smaller end over two feet, and which cut 4,000 feet of lum- 
ber, 2,500 of which was "clear stuff." "I remember," 
says this same person, "seeing and pacing off the length of 
a pine that grew near the head of the Swasey mill-pond, 
which had long been felled by the axe, and had gone to de- 
cay, especially the top, but it measured then ten rods in 
length upon the ground. How much of the top had rotted, 
so as not to be visible, I could not say, but fifty or sixty feet 
must have disappeared." This pine with others,' it was said 


by old men, was cut for the "King's masts" before the 
Revolution. However, whether any masts were ever cut in 
Haverhill for His Majesty's Royal Navy may be a question, 
but the charter provided that ' ' all white pine and other pine 
trees within the said township fit for masting our [the King's] 
royal navy may be carefully preserved for that use, and not 
to be felled without our [the King's] special license for so- 
doing." Later, masts in large quantities were floated down 
the Connecticut from the pineries of Haverhill, and found a 
market on Lonjj Island Sound. 

Chinking habits. 

In earlier times the habits and usages of the people were 
in some respects diflJerent from what they are now. The use 
of spirituous liquors as a beverage was universal. It was 
not then regarded either as contrary to health or inconsistent 
with morals or respectability to drink liquor. Drunkenness, 
however, for various causes, such as the greater vigor of our 
fore-fathers, their simpler ways of living, their greater free- 
dom from the excitement of business and enterprise, and the 
pui-er quality of the liquor, was not as prevalent then as it 
became in later years. W^hen the Sinclair tavern was built 
and the sign-pole raised, the whole crowd, it is said, was 
drunk, and one of the prominent citizens on Ladd street, 
who aided in raising the sign-pole, went home so far to 
"windward" that he tied his horse up by the tail. Neither 
was drunkenness considered as specially disgraceful. The 
most reputable citizens took their daily drink, and even 
clergymen were patrons of the social glass. I well remem- 
ber when a lad forty-five years ago, that the superintendent 
of the Sabbath school in my native place, a man who was 
universally esteemed as one of the most devout and exem- 
plary citizens of the community, was the proprietor of a 
large brewery, to which multitudes flocked daily for their 


mug of ale. In such a condition of society it is not strange 
that the foremost citizens were inni-holderff and Venders of 
intoxicating liquors. The records give scores of names of 
persons who had applied for the privilege of' selling li'quor; 
Such well-kiiown persons as Luther Richatdson, the Ladds, 
Joseph Bliss, Joshua Howard, James Woodward, Joseph 
Hutchins, John Page, Moody Bedel, A. J. Crocker, Samuel 
Brooks, Nathaniel Merrill, John Montgomery, Asa Boyn- 
ton, and many others took out licenses as " tavei-ners and ven'- 
ders of spirituous liquors." From 1793 to 1797, a period 
of four years, the' records show that thirty persons were 
granted this privilege. 

In the Proprietors' records are numerous ijntries of votes 
to pay liquor bills contracted for their use', or for the use of 
persons in their em'ploy. In 1774 money was voted to pay 
for "four and one-half gallons of rum expended in laying 
out the 100 acre lots." At another time it was ordered to 
" pay Charles Johnston for one gallon rum," and Asa Porter 
for ' ' two gallons rum expended for the use of the Proprie- 
tors." This last looks as if these fathers were in the habit 
of " taking something," when they met for consultation for 
the advancement and prosperity of the new settlemeht. 
Various other entries of the paynient of rurti-bills are 
found, and on occasion of the' building of the first court house 
it took dxty gallons of the "ardent" to complete the temple 
of justice. 


Early in the settlement of the Town a dispute arose in 
regard to the boundary between Haverhill and Piermont. 
The lines of Haverhill as described in ■ the charter are un- 
broken, and the southern boundary of the Town ran in a 
straight course from the Connecticut river in a south-easterly 
direction parallel with north line. A reference to the pres- 


ent map of the Town shows that this south line is broken at 
a point about two and a half miles from the river. The jog 
in the Town occurs at Porter's Hill, and was occasioned by 
the settlement of a long controversy between the two towns. 
A map of the Town drawn on the Proprietors' record book 
does not contain the "jog" as it now appears on the Town 

The dispute arose in this way. In 1760 the government 
of New Hampshire ordered a survey of the Connecticut river 
from No. 4 northward, and at the end of every six miles on 
a straight line, to mark a tree or set a boundary on each side 
of the river for a township. This survey was made on the 
ice in March, and extended northward to the north-west 
corner of Haverhill. When Capt. Hazen took out the 
charter for the Town a new survey was made, beginning at 
the north-west corner of the Town, and the first boundary, 
that of 1760, was found to be distant a little over seven 
miles from the northern stai-ting-point, about a rod south of 
where Bedel's bridge stands. The surveying party, however, 
did not stop here, but went a mile and some rods further, 
and set the stake at this last point. In 1808 Blanchard and 
Chamberlain who made the first survey, were brought on the 
ground to determine the original bound, and they testified 
under oath that the boundary was at the point near Bedel's 
bridge. It has been suggested that the fraud was instigated 
by the Proprietors of Haverhill and Newbury, and that the 
second surveying party acted under their direction. But of 
this there is nothing at all reliable. Two things are doubt- 
less true : the original survey was not very accurate, and the 
second surveying party, for some reasons saw fit to carry the 
south stake of Haverhill and Newbury down somethino- over 
a mile, and as a consequence both Piermont and Bradford 
ai'e short towns.* 

* The survey of 1760 it is said was made under the direction of Gen. 
Jacob Bailey. If this is the fact, we may have a clue to the enlarge- 
ment of the Haverhill and Newbury boundaries. 


The first mention of this dispute is in the Proprietors' 
records of 1770, at which time a committee was appointed' 
to "wait on the governor [and] council, to petition them to 
settle and determine the bounds between the towns of Hav- 
erhill and Piermont." Col. James Bailey was appointed to 
that service, and three others were chosen, John Hazen, 
Jonathan Sanders and Maxi Hazeltine, whose duty it was to 
instruct Col. James Bailey as they " shall think proper" in 
relation to the matter intrusted to his care. 

This controversy which was irritating and expensive to 
both parties, extended over a period of about twelve years 
before it was finally settled. Jonathan Sanders and William 
Eastman were especially afflicted by the dispute, and against 
them the Town of Piermont entered suits of ejectment for 
occupying lands which were claimed under the charter of 'that 
town. But the Proprietors of Haverhill had a common in- 
terest with Sanders and Eastman, as the loss of these lands 
would entail upon them a redistribution of shares in compen- 
sation to Sanders and Eastman. Accordingly, at an early 
date, 1770, they came to the aid of the distressed occupants 
of the disputed territory, and voted to "pay Messrs. San- 
ders and Eastman for any charge or costs which hath [arisen] 
or may arise to said Sanders and Eastman in defending them- 
selves against any action or actions which the Proprietors of 
Piermont have commenced against them or either of them." 
The year following a proposition was made at a Proprietors' 
meeting to submit the disputed boundary to referees, but the 
proposition was promptly voted down, and John Hazen, Asa 
Porter and Charles Johnston were appointed agents to assist 
Sanders and Eastman in carrying on the suits which were 
commenced against them by the town of Piermont. 

Four years later the boundary question again came up at 
a Proprietors' meeting, and a committee was appointed with 
full powers to act with a committee of Piermont to settle the 
disputed boundary "either by themselves or by leaving it 


out to men." No definite progress seems to have been made, 
since at a Proprietors' meeting in 1779 a committee of five 
was appointed to "meet Col. Moulton and others of the 
Proprietors of Piermont, agreeable to a letter received from 
Jonathan Moulton and others, at Col. Webster's at Ply- 
mouth on the 15th day of September, 1779, in order to 
come into some agreement to settle the boundary line be- 
tween Haverhill and Piermont." From which it may be in- 
inferred that between the years 1775 and 1779 some corre- 
spondence had been carried on in reference to the matter in 
controversy. However, nothing conclusive was achieved at 
the Plymouth conference, and another committee was chosen 
soon after, 1781, which was more successful in its work, and a 
final settlement was reached on the 18th of September, 1781. 

On the 11th of October following, at a Proprietors' meet- 
ing, it was voted to ' ' confirm and make valid in law the 
agreement made and entered into the 18th day of September 
last by and between Jonathan Moulton of Hampton and 
Richard Jenness of Rye, Esqs," who represented the Propri- 
etors of Piermont, and Asa Porter, Charles Johnston, Moses 
Dow, James Woodward, John Page, Amos Fisk, John 
Rich," who acted for the Proprietors of Haverhill. The 
conditions of the agreement are in these words : — " All the 
meadow-lots, all the house lots, and all the first division of 
100 acre lots as laid out and bounded by the said Proprie- 
tors of Haverhill, shall be and remain unto the said town- 
ship and Proprietors of Haverhill, and that all suits at law 
already commenced relative to the premises, and now pend- 
ing, shall cease and be no further prosecuted than is neces- 
sary to carry this argument into execution." The eastern 
line of the 100 acre lots is near the Union school house on 
Porter Hill. 

Thus ended this long and perplexing controversy between 
the two towns. At one time it was suggested by some of 
the proprietors that they apply for a new charter, as the 


easiest way of a solution of the difficulties, but a majority 
firm in the conviction of their rights and resolute in their 
purpose to maintain the southern line as they understood it, 
rejected the suggestion. The river lands were a great prize 
and by far the most valuable part of the grant of Haverhill ; 
and at no point on the river were the intervals wider or more 
fertile than on a part of disputed territory, and the fathers 
of Haverhill stuck to their treasures with a tenacity worthy 
of human nature. 

There is a vague tradition come floating down to the pres- 
ent time that the commissioners from Haverhill in settling 
the dispute, were more than a match for the commissioners 
who acted for the town of Piermont. However, the im- 
mense whet-stqne ledges which have since been developed in 
this disputed territory, and out of which greater dividends 
have been made than from the rich meadows on the river, 
may be a compensation for the disadvantages which Pier- 
mont is supposed to have suffered in the settlement of the 
boundary question. 

In this settlement certain persons in Haverhill were 
divested of their 80 acre lots which were in the 3d Division, 
but they were re-embursed by lots given them in the 4th 
Division. In order to do so, the 100 acre lots of the 4th 
Division were reduced to 70 acre lots, so as to make up to 
each share-holder who lost by the settlement, an equal por- 
tion of land with the rest. 


At one time the territory now constituting the state of 
Vermont was claimed both by New Hampshire and by New 
York. The governor of the Province of New Hampshire, 
under a royal commission, was given power to make grants 
of unoccupied lands within his government, and claiming the 
territory west of the Connecticut river, he granted a charter 


of the town-ship of Bennington, [Vt.,J to sundry individu- 
als. This was in 1749. Although the governor of New 
York protested against the action of Gov. Went worth, the 
latter continued to grant charters as late as 1764, and the 
number of these charters up to that year was 138. The 
matter of jurisdiction between the two Provinces being sub- 
mitted for decision to the crown, resulted in favor of New 
York. New Hampshire withdrew her claim after this ver- 
dict, but the attempt of New York to deny the rights of 
those to whom grants had been given by New Hampshire, 
aroused great opposition and finally resulted in the organiza- 
tion of Vermont into an independent state. A constitution 
having been formed and adopted in 1778 by the townships 
which received their charters from the governor of New 
Hampshire, their representatives assembled in the same year 
at Windsor, Vt., for the enactment of laws for the govern- 
ment of the new state. The legislature was immediately 
waited upon by a committee from sixteen towns in New 
Hampshire, representing "that their towns were not con- 
nected with any state with respect to their internal police," 
and asking that they might be admitted to become part of the 
new state. These towns extending along the river from 
Cornish to Dalton and including several towns back from the 
river, were as follows : Cornish, Lebanon, Dresden [Han- 
over] , Lyme, Orford, Piermont, Haverhill, Bath, Lyman, 
Apthorp [Littleton J , Enfield, Canaan, Cardigan [Orange] , 
LandafF, Gunthwaite [Lisbon], Momstown [Franconia]. 
A union was formed and the delegates from the sixteen New 
Hampshire towns took their seats with the delegates from 
Vermont. James Bailey was the representative from 

The reason for the application of these towns for admis- 
sion to the Vermont assembly at Windsor, was disaffection 
with the Provincial Government of New Hampshire, so that 
for the years 1777-8, Grafton county refused to send a rep- 


resentative to the Council or General Committee of Safety. 
But an event occurred soon after the Union was formed 
which led to its speedy dissolution. The sixteen towns east 
of the river requested that those towns be erected into a 
separate county. This the assembly refused, and as a con- 
sequence the towns east of the river withdrew. 

At this junction a new plan was developed. This was the 
formation of another union which should also include the 
towns on both sides of the Connecticut river. This project 
was f9,vored by what was known as the Dartmouth College 
party which was ambitious, it is said, to make Hanover the 
capital of a new state which was to include the Connecticut 
valley. A committee of representatives from towns on both 
sides of the river met at Cornish. Thirty-four towns on 
the east side were in this new movement. Matters looked 
serious and there was danger of violent collision between 
New Hampshire and Vermont in regard to the river towns. 
Congress at List intervened and laid down the boundaries of 
Vermont : Connecticut river on the east and on the west a 
"line drawn twenty miles eastward of Hudson river to Lake 
Champlain." Vermont finally accepted the boundary of the 
state as thus laid down, and the representatives from the 
east side of the Connecticut river withdrew from the Ver- 
mont Assembly with indignation. Gen. Washington also 
threw his influence into the scales against the formation of a 
state in the Connecticut valley. This Jast Union ended in 
1783. Col. Timothy Bedel and Joshua Howard were the 
delegates from Haverhill in the second Union. 

During all this time of conflict in regard to the disputed 
territory. Cols. Charles Johnston and John Hurd stood 
loyally by the New Hampshire authorities, and exerted them- 
selves, after the unions were broken up, in bringing back the 
revolted towns of Grafton county into harmony with and 
allegiance to the New Hampshire authorities. 



The history of Haverhill libraries is neither brilliant nor 
lonff, though the endeavor of individuals -to secure these 
needful means of an intelligent community are deserving of 
mention. The earliest attempt in this direction was in 1801, 
when a charter was secured for the incorporation of a library. 
It was called the "Social Library," and Charles Johnston 
was the chief mover in the matter. With him Were associ- 
ated John Osgood, Israel Swan and John Page. Of the 
subsequent history of this library nothing is definitely known, 
but it would seem that it was afterwards, 1812, changed to 
"Aurelian Social Library." Again, 1829, there were two 
libraries chartered, one called the "North Social Library," 
the other the "South Social Library," and these it is quite 
likely were continuations of the original "Social Library." 

There was again a library which came into existence about 
1845, which also was called the "Social Library," but in- 
quiry fails to show that this last was a re-organization of that 
of 1829, though it is more than probable that it M-as, as the 
name would seem to indicate, and possibly some books be- 
longing to the earlier librarians, may have formed the nucleus 
of this last ; at least there are some books in it which were 
printed near the beginning of the present century. 

This last library contained about 250 volumes. The num- 
ber of books in the others cannot be learned, but probably 
it was not large. 

In 1.S80 a library was organized known as the "Haverhill 
Library Association," and had its origin in the idea of furn- 
ishing useful and attractive reading for the young. jNIrs. 
Augustus Whitney was the person who started the idea. 
Also, a reading-room was considered in the plan, but that 
was afterwards abandoned, and only the library was matured. 
The library opened with 90 volumes of new books, to which 
were added about 150 volumes from the defunct "Social 
Library " of 1845. Any person could become a member of 


the association and continue so, by the payment of one dollar 
as the initiation fee, and a yearly tax of fifty cents. The 
original officers were Mrsi Charles B. Griswold, president; 
Mrs. George F. Putnam, vice-president ; Miss Kate McK. 
Johnston, librarian ; Mrs. Griswold, Mrs. Stephen Cum- 
mings, Mrs. Whitney, Miss Johnston, committee on books. 

The library has steadily grown from its foundation, about 
50 volumes being added each year, and much interest has 
been taken in its care and progress, until now it contains 
with the 150 volumes from the Social Library, about 750 
volumes of generally well and carefully selected books, many 
of them being standard works in different lines of knowl- 
edge. The library is an assured institution, and has a 
hopeful future of good and usfefulness to the community that 
sustains it. 

But its present great need is a library building, which at 
one time it was hoped might be supplied before now, but 
which has not yet been realized. But this idea is not relin- 
quished, and the friends of the library do not despair of see- 
ing a suitable home for this most' praiseworthy institution. 


The newspaper made its appearance in Haverhill at the 
close of the last century. A small paper was published here 
for six months before 1800 by Daniel Coverly, and Mosely 
Dunham also printed a magazine for a short time. These 
incipient endeavors to found the popular educator of our 
times was followed by the Coos Courier in 1808, but it 
was short-lived. The next attempt was in 1819, when Syl- 
vester T. Goss started the New Hampshire Intelligence, 
which was really the first permanent newspaper printed in 
Haverhill and had a life of about seven years.' He also 
printed the Evangelist, a religious paper. The material and 
press of the Intelligence aftferwards passed into the hands of 


John Reding, who was the founder of the Democratic Repub- 
lican in 1828, and which was published with success and 
edited with ability by him till he went to Congress in 1840, 
when it passed into the hands of his brothers, H. W. and 
Silvester Reding, who continued its publication till 1863. 
This was by far the most influential paper ever published at 
the western county-seat. Meantime, other attempts were 
made at printing newspapers at Haverhill. The Masonic 
Cabinet, "designed for the benefit of Free and Accepted 
Masons," was established in 1824, but it lived only about 
two years. In 1827 the New Hampshire Post and Grafton 
and Coos Advertiser was begun. This paper continued till 
1848. It was first owned by Atwood & Woolson. After- 
wards Atwood withdrew and John L. Bunce became part 
proprietor, and later George S. Towle bought the paper and 
published it with much spirit till it was moved to Leba- 
non in 1848, the name being changed to Granite State 
Whig. Other papers were the Whig and Argus, Haverhill 
Herald (Woodsville,) afterwards called Advertiser and 
Budget of Fun, the Woodsville Enterprise, and the Olive- 
rian. All these were of short duration except the Enter- 
prise which was established in 1883, and is now owned and 
published by Bittinger Bros., who also are the owners of the 
Cohos Steam Press from which the Grafton County Register 
is issued. This last paper made its first appearance Jan. 1, 
1886, and is now the only paper published at the western 
county seat. The paper is clean, bright, and carefully 
edited and has a good field to work in. 

The outfit of the Cohos Steam Press is of the best mate- 
rial and machinery, and the office has a large and yearly 
increasing patronage. The proprietors are college trained, 
understand the " art preservative,'" and are sending off work 
which speaks for itself. Previous to the establishment of 
the Register, W. Cone Mahurin bought the material of the 
Democratic Republican, and began the publication of the 


Grafton County Signal ; after two years he sold to Joseph 
W. Dunbar who continued the paper at Haverhill for about 
a year, then had it printed at Hanover, next at Littleton, 
when in a short time it was merged in the Littleton Jour- 
nal. The history of newspapers in Haverhill is marked by 
variety and numbers at least. 


Two great disease-plagues fell upon the Town in its early 
history. The first as near as can be learned was in 1803. 
This was the small-pox plague, and was very general and of 
a severe character. Two hospitals, or pest-houses, as they 
were called, were built for the care of those who were at- 
tacked with the disease. One was located near the Oliverian 
on the north side at the foot of the high ground south of 
Mr. Flanders' house. The other was farther north, near 
where Mr. Jewett now lives. Both were remote from any 
dwelling, and were only visited by nurses and the doctor. 
Dr. Carleton was the physician at that time. Miss Cross 
related to me an amusing incident of her brother William 
who was an inmate. He became convalescent amongst the 
first, and was able to be around. On one occasion he got 
on the roof of the little hospital, and waved the red flag and 
began to crow, so as to make his fellow pestites feel jolly. 
His pranks were quite amusing to his sicker companions. 
In consequence of the severity of the disease many died. 
Small-pox has visited the Town since in general form on 
several occasions, when the whole population was vaccinated, 
but the disease of subsequent years was not as severe as that 
of 1803. This is due no doubt to the discovery of vaccina- 
tion which took place in 1796. 

The other plague was in 1815, and was known as the 
" spotted fever" or "black plague." It prevailed in other 


places, notably in Warren, where the death-rate was fear- 
ful, almost whole families and neighborhoods being swept 
away, and the disease seemed to baffle all medical skill and 
treatment. When the plague fell upon AVarren, people 
called to mind many omens the year before of a sad coming, 
but this was due more likely to an alarmed imagination under 
which the people suffered in the presence of the dread enemy, 
than to any real signs or wonders of its advent. The dis- 
ease in Haverhill was of a milder form, and little seems to 
be known of it, except the fact that it was somewhat preva- 
lent. Persons taken with the disease were seized with chills 
and fever, and their bodies were covered with spots, so that 
the disease was called " spotted fever " from this fact. Death 
often followed soon after the disease came on. After death 
the bodies turned black, and this gave the name of "black 
fe-\er." Burials took place immediately after death, as the 
disease was thought to be very contagious, and often in the 
night when no one was around but the undertaker and some 
one to assist him. The people were awe-stricken by the 
suddenness with which persons were seized, seemingly in the 
enjoyment of good health. It began in the early autumn 
and did not cease till the severe winter weather. Dr. Well- 
man, a very prominent physician of Piermont, went to War- 
ren to aid the sufferers and fell a victim of its ravages. 


The first bank in Haverhill was chartered in 1803, and 
was called the " Coos Bank." It had a capital of ?100,000, 
and George Woodward, the lawyer, was the first cashier. 
The charter was renewed in 1821, but the name of the bank 
was changed to " Grafton Bank " from January 1st, 1822. 
The charter was renewed again in 1846, and extended in 
1857, but the bank was not continued after the latter date. 
The "Grafton County Bank" was incorporated, with a 


capital of $100^000,) but the bank • never went into Opera- 
tion. There was also a charter in 1879i for a savings bank, 
called the "Grafton County Savings Bank," but the bank 
was never organized. The Cohos Bank and its continuation 
under the name of Grafton Bank, was the only bank in the 
county for many years, and .was a stlDng and influential 
monitary institution. The Lebanon Bank was not incorpo- 
rated till 1828, and the Lancaster Bank till 1832. 


Haverhill as the shire-town has been the scene of' several 
executions for capital crimes. The first person hung in 
Haverhill was a mulatto, Thomas Palmer of Lebanon, con- 
victed in May, 1796, on a charge of rape, and ordered to be 
hung on July 8th, but a reprieve was granted until July 
28th, when the execution took place. David Webster was 
sherifl'. Hangings then were in public. i 

The next execution was that of Josiah Burnham, who 
killed Russell Freeman, Esq., and Capt. Joseph Stark- 
weather. Burnham and his victims were in prison for debt, 
and occupied the same room. The cause of Burnham's 
murderous .assault is not known, as the prisoners had con- 
ducted themselves with general mildness and submission 
whilst confined together. Burnham in his speech from the 
gallows says, "I was carried away with my passions," from 
which it may be inferred that the prisoners had got into a 
dispute which 'led to the fatal act. The deed was done with 
a double-edged ' knife which Burnham., it seems, had con- 
concealed on his person when he was put in jail, and the 
crime was committed in the evening of the 17th of Decem- 
ber, 1805. Both victims died of theip wounds on the 18th. 
Indictments were fouiid in both instances at the May term, 
1806, and Burnham was tried, convictei, and sentenced to 
be hung on the 15th of July between the hours of 12 m. 

396 HISTORY or haverhill. 

and two p. m. But application being made to the Governor 
for a postponement of execution, on the ground that the 
prisoner "may have a further time to prepare for death," 
the application was granted, and the 1 2th day of August 
next between the hours of 10 a. m. and 2 p. M. was set for 
carrying the sentence into eifect. David Webster was 

The hanging of Burnham was a great occasion. It is 
estimated that fully 10,000 people gathered on the west side 
of Powder House hill, where the execution took place. 
They came from near and far, in carts and in wagons, on 
horse-back and on foot, old men and young men, beaux and 
lassies, mothers with babes in their arms, and even invalids. 
The event took place with much ceremony. A military 
guard escorted the prisoner from the jail to the scaffold, and 
a long sermon, preceded by singing and prayer, was preached 
by the Rev. David Southerland of Bath to the immense 
concourse of people who listened with deep emotion to the 
preacher. After these were ended Burnham was given an 
opportunity to address the multitude, which he did in a fal- 
tering and broken speech, the substance, however, of which 
was a confession of his crime and the justice of his punish- 
ment. One suggestive thing he mentions in his speech, 
which illustrates the peculiar theological bias of the times, 
vis., that he had been a believer in the doctrine of universal 
salvation, and but for this he would not have committed the 
crime for which he was about to suffer, and he admonished 
his hearers to beware of this doctrine. He was entirely un- 
moved during all the ordeal at the gallows, evincing not the 
slightest feeling at the eloquence and impressive words of 
the preacher, which melted the vast audience into tears and 

The next execution was that of Enos G. Dudley for the 
murder of his wife. Dudley was from Grafton, and was a 
Methodist minister. He committed the crime in ^Slarch, 


1848, was tried and convicted in January, 1849 at a special 
term, and sentenced to be hung in May, 1849. He was 
hung in the jail yard. Joseph Powers was sheriff. 

The other capital punishment was that inflicted on Samuel 
Mills, an Englishman who was at work in the piines at Lis- 
bon. He was indicted in March, 1867, for the murder of 
George Maxwell at Franconia in December, 1866, convicted 
in March, 1867, and sentenced to be hung on the first 
Wednesday in May, 1867. Grove S. Stevens was sheriff. 

Mills is said to have been a desperate fellow, and at one 
time during his confinement in the county jail he broke loose, 
but was re-taken, and finally suffered the penalty of his 
crime. The execution was not in public. 


During the history of the Town the usual number of more 
than ordinarily severe storms has visited its borders. One, 
however, surpassed all others in its fierceness. It struck the 
south-east part of the Town on Sunday, Sept. 9, 1821, be- 
ginning at a point a little eastward of the late Alonzo W. 
Putnam place, and moved in a north-east direction across the 
unbroken forest, reaching the high land just south of where 
the East Haverhill depot stands, and then passed to Owls 
Head beyond. The gale was so violent that a path was cut 
through the forest, prostrating every thing before it, as a 
scythe would cut grass through a field. The marks of this 
cyclone remained visible for many years in the immense hem- 
locks which strewed its pathway, even after the undergrowth 
had obscured its course. No lives were lost and no houses 
or barns were destroyed, as the path of the cyclone was 
throuffh unknown forest. 



This land-mark stood oh a high knoll on the left hand side 
of the road leading from the corner to the Brook, and gave 
name to the eminence on which it stood, Powder House 
hill. It was built in 1812, and was a magazine stone-house 
during the War of 1812. This section then, as during the 
Revolution, was a point of exposure, and troops were sta- 
tioned on the frontier north. It was built of massive slabs 
of granite about twelve feet square, and was a landmark for 
three-quarters of a century, when it was taken down and the 
stones used in the construction of a receiving vault at the 
cemeterv on Ladd street. It was an unfortunate thing that 
this ancient land-mark was not allowed to stand and to be 
restored to its primitive condition. This the more so, as 
there are very few monuments of any sort that link the pres- 
ent with the past. The first churches are gone, and only a 
few of the earlier houses that are at all historic are left, — 
the old Bliss (Leith) house, the Col. Johnston house, and a 
few others so changed in outward appearance as hardly to be 
recognized. Powder House, built of solid granite, the last 
to disappear, yielded to the behest of utilitarianism. I fear 
the Town is not as deeply imbued with a sentiment for the 
past, as ought to inspire her, in view of her historic charac- 
ter. We have truly been iconoclasts. 


Haverhill at one time enjoyed the convenience if not the 
luxury of stestm-navigation. In 1830 the first steamboat 
ascended the Connecticut river as far as Wells River. The 
name of the boat was "Ledyard." An attempt was made 
to go up further, but just above the "Narrows" the boat 
struck a sand-bar which could not be got over. The boat 
came from Hartford, Conn., and made only one trip. Two 
years later the " Connecticut River and Transportation Com- 


pany" put on five boats to run between Hartford, Conn., 
and Wells River, Vt. These boats made trips during the 
summer of 1832, and were then taken off, and the project 
of navigating the upper waters of the Connecticut by steam 
was abandoned. The water was found to be too uncertain, 
even at that day, and the great bends in the river at various 
points made the channel unstable on account of the shifting 


Cider-making was not an institution peculiar to our fore- 
fathers, but it was much more of an occasion than it is now, 
especially with the young who looked forward to the day 
with liveliest anticipations. The girls had no part in this 
work, unless perhaps it was picking up the apples before 
they were carried to the mill, as it was called. But this fell 
mostly to the boys. Making cider was hard work with all 
the fun there was in it for the younger folks. The farm 
hands started out early on crisp October mornings. The 
apples were crushed by large cog-wheels driven by a crank, 
to which a horse was hitched, walking around in a circle, 
and the apples in j)a8sing through these wheels made a 
peculiar dull groan, as if protesting against being so unmer- 
cifully squeezed. One or two boys, with wooden paddles, 
sat on a board lying across the tank into which the apple- 
pulp fell, to scrape out the pulp between the large cogs. 
The grinding usually consumed the greater part of the morn- 
ing, after which began the building of .the cheese on a plank- 
bed, near the edge of which was a canal to conduct the cider 
as it oozed from the cheese to the receiver at one side. The 
cheese was perhaps three or four feet square, and built in 
this way — a twisted rope of clean bright rye-straw, two or 
three inches thick, was laid down inside the canal and the 
pulp was filled into above the level of this, and then another 


rope of straw was laid on the top of the first, and so on, 
tier after tier of straw and pulp, till the cheese rose to the 
height of three or four feet. Later, a crib took the place of 
the straw-cheese. The earliest press was a powerflil frame 
with an immense log twenty or more feet long, fastened be- 
tween two large upright pieces. The cheese was at the 
fastened end of the log, while the other end was let down 
on the cheese, the latter acting as a fulcrum and the log as an 
immense lever. Long before the log was let down on the 
cheese the cider began to flow in rivulets by the pressure of 
the cheese as it grew in height, and as the boys were through 
at the cog-wheels, and there was little for them to do now, 
they had armed themselves with rye straws and like busy 
bees were hanging on the edge of the canal sucking the 
sweet cider as it flowed along. Oh, the jolly fun of sweet 
cider sucked at the press through a straw ! It was a joy 
almost for ever, for a boy could manage to ' ' put himself 
outside " of an immense quantity of apple juice, and for an 
indefinite time. His stomach took on an elasticity which 
would discourage the most yielding gutta percha, and sug- 
gested the thought of a bottomless reservoir. Then later 
in the afternoon, often in the twilight, the tired company 
drove home, hard to say which was fullest, the boys or the 
barrels. But a glorious time was cider-making on a dreamy 
October day. 


Early roads were rude and difficult to draw loads over, 
but as the years rolled on they were improved, so that teams 
went back and forth from the Cohos Country to Boston, 
Portsmouth, Salem, Newburyport, and wherever they could 
find a market for the products of the soil and the forests, and 
brought back on the return trip such articles as were needed" 
in the new country. In summer great teams of six and 


eight horses with covered wagons passed over the roads, 
many of which came down from Vermont. 

There were also numerous teams of pods and pungs, one 
and two horse sleighs in winter, with their bells that made 
the crisp air jingle with music mingled with the shouts of the 
drivers. The road from Haverhill to Warren was the great 
thoroughfare to ' ' down below " from the Cohos Country, so 
that these caravans or trains of pungs and pods were often a 
half mile or more in length. Frozen hogs, butter, cheese 
and poultry, mink, fox, sable and bear skins, sheep-pelts, 
and all articles of country produce was carried in this way 
to market. Taverns were numerous along the way, and 
were filled in the night with teams and travelers, many of 
whom carried with them their own food of cold meat and 
fowl, pies, cake, and cheese, and only took lodgings and drink 
at the tavern. Many also carried their oats for the teams. 
They made the country lively along the route, and the trips 
with now and then an accident or dismal few days of thaw, 
were full of jollity and incident. The children at home 
would listen with wonder at the recitations of what was seen 
in the great towns "below." 


The annual muster was the great day of the year in former 
times, when the colonel who led his regiment in the march 
with flying colors and stirring strains of music, felt prouder 
than a French marshal under the First Emperor. The com- 
panies were not indeed the truest and steadiest that ever 
were, nor were they exactly Fal8taff''s miscellaneous crowd, 
but they presented a somewhat picturesque and striking ap- 
pearance — all ages, all sizes, hump-back and bow-legged, 
thick and slender, tall and short, erect and bent, but all 
inspired with a true military spirit. Who of those still liv- 
ing of a former generation does not call to mind training- 


day with vivid recollections ! None were prouder of their 
position on such occasions than the drummers and fifers, 
some of whom were remarkably skillful and adept, and could 
awaken music in the dullest breast. It was this music that 
so filled the hearts of the boys and quickened the blood in 
the veins of the old men. 

And everbody went to the general muster. Bright and 
early the entire population was on the move, over hills and 
along valleys, on foot, on horse-back, in shays and wagons, 
young and old, women and children, peddlers, showmen, 
victuallers. All around the parade-ground were tents and 
booths, where could be bought ginger-bread, nuts, candy, 
cider, beer, and something more tonic. Here peddlers 
shouted themselves hoarse in their frantic eflfbrts to sell their 
wares to the hundreds that thronged the parade-ground. 
The showman's tent was well patronized by the curious and 
eager, and country beaux led their sweethearts from place to 
place, to see the sights and to watch the manoeuvers and 
marches and sham fight of the proud soldiers. At the close 
of the muster, after feasting on the attractions of the booths 
and tents, and drinking in to the fill the unabated excite- 
ments of the day, the multitude turned their foot-steps home- 
ward, tired and with less elastic tread than it came in the, 
morning, and with a feeling almost akin to disgust that so 
much was endured for the short fun and pleasure they got, 
but next year found them just as eager as ever, and the same 
great crowds thronged the. muster-field. Many were the in- 
cidents of these times that were told over in the long autumn 
and winter evenings by those who " went to muster." When 
the muster came to Haverhill the parade-ground was at 
Horse meadow, or in the field east the of Ladd street ceme- 
tary. The soldiers wore white pantaloons and dark coats, 
and were furnished with arms. OflScers were in full uniform. 
Marching and counter-marching., in companies,, in battalions, 
in full regimental rainks was the drill of the day, the whole 


ending with a sham fight which was attended with the great- 
est excitement, and filled the crowds as well as the soldiers, 
with the utmost enthusiasm and military zeal. Every boy 
longed impatiently for the day when he could participate in 
these scenes and have his sweetheart watch his martial step 
with swelling heart. Oh, the muster-days that were and are 


In the year 1844, during the Polk and Clay campaign, 
there was a mass meeting at Haverhill on the 4th of July of 
the followers of " Gallant Harry of the West." Distin- 
guished speakers were invited to address the crowds that 
came in from the surrounding country both in New Hamp- 
shire and Vermont. In the evening there was to be a great 
display of fire-works. In those times such things were more 
of a novelty than they are at the present day. Cannon 
boomed morning, noon and evening, and when the curtains 
of night had sufficiently shut out all signs of day, every 
thing was in readiness for the pyrotechnic display. Immense 
crowds gathered in the vicinity of the Columbian Hotel, 
where the fire-works were to be set off. This hotel stood on 
the site where Mr. Nathaniel M. Page now lives. The bal- 
conies of the hotel which reached to the third floor were 
packed with a mass of eager persons who had crowded there 
to see the fire-works. Just as the first rocket was to be set 
off, the crowd in the balconies lurched forward to see, when 
crash ! down came the upper balcony with its living freight 
of men, women and children, a;nd all were precipitated into 
one promiscuous mass of ruin. A death-silence reigned for 
a moment as the mass came down, and then a fearful cry of 
despair arose from the wounded and living. One pei-son, a 
young girl, was instantly killed by a falling timber, and 
matny others were borne awky helpless and vi^oundedj Sev- 


eral died from injuries which were then received, whilst 
others never recovered from the effects of the disaster, and 
the village was a hospital for some weeks. And so ended 
the great Clay rally of 1884. 


Haverhill has had her great fire which in proportion to the 
size of the village, was as disastrous and extensive as the 
great fires of large cities whose losses mount into the mil- 
lions. This was in 1848 when the stage lines were still in 
full tide of operation. The number of buildings burnt were 
seven, and these were amongst the largest and most valuable 
properties at the Corner. Two were private dwellings stand- 
ing south of the Brick Block, and owned and occupied by 
John R. Reding and Col. John McClarey. One was the 
large and famous Towle tavern, and the others were business 
places which were situated on the ground which the Brick 
Block now occupies. The four houses were separated by 
narrow alleys. The fire caught in the Towle tavern by de- 
fective flue, and before the fire-engine could be got ready or 
water secured, was beyond control. The wind was from the 
northwest, and but for that circumstance the Smith hotel and 
all of north Main street would have been at the mercy of the 
devouring flames. As it was, Milo Bailey's house caught 
fire, but by the most super-human exertion the house was 
deluged with water and the flames were stayed from going 
further north. A double line of men being formed from the 
burning building to a large reservoir on the south park, and 
pails of water were rapidly passed to and fro and dashed 
upon the burning roof and sides. But in the other direction 
building after building fell a prey to the de^■ouring element, 
with no hope of arresting it, till by the intervention of a 
wider space between the old Dea. Barstow place and the 
Grafton Bank building, which the flames did not leap, the 


fire was brought to a stand and further destruction was ar- 
rested. The Brick Block took the place of the four build- 
ings which stood on the ground. These buildings were 
owned and occupied by William Cummings, general mer- 
chandise; W. S. Thompson, merchant; Henry Towle, jew- 
eler ; R. N. Brown, tin-smith ; John R. Reding, printer. 
The post-office was in the Reding building. The loss was 
heavy and severely felt by the place, from which it only par- 
tially rallied with utmost difficulty. This great calamity 
taken in connection with the stopping of the stage lines in a 
few years, marked the point where Haverhill saw her proud- 
est day ended, and the glory of former times departing for- 
ever, unless her citizens become imbued with a larger 
public spirit, and open her natural advantages to the flow of 
tides of enterprise which are coursing along these valleys and 
sweeping up to the foot-hills and mountains. 


Haverhill has the honor of being first in this region, if not 
in Grafton county, as regards the introduction of Jersey 
stock. The first animal of this famous breed brought to 
Haverhill was a full blooded bull calf from Belmont, Mass., 
and was owned by E. A. Filley of St. Louis. This was in 
January, 1860, and the animal was placed on the farm of 
the late Hon. Joseph Powers. Afterwards several full 
blooded Jersey heifers were added, and the stock was in- 
creased from time to time by purchase and production, until 
it became famous in Grafton county and in Vermont, and 
from which for a number of years full bloods were sent to 
different parts of the surrounding country. When the Jer- 
seys were first brought to Haverhill, Mr. Filley was blamed 
for introducing such looking cattle, but their great value for 
the dairy were soon learned, and now Jersey cows either 
pure or mixed are the rule with farmers. The herd of Jer- 


sey cows now on the Powers farm owned by Mrs. Filley, is 
one of the choicest in all this section. 


Elsewhere is mentioned the fact of a famous willow, but 
in the biographical chapters, is in danger of being overlooked 
by the majority of readers, just as the average Bible reader 
skips the books of Kings and Chronicles because they seem 
little more than a catalogue of names. So I sive the storv 
a new lease of life amongst the miscellaneous, which are sure 
to be read by everybody. 

This willow stands on Ladd street near James Wood- 
ward's. It measures over seventeen feet in girth, and gives 
every evidence of having been a mute witness to a century 
of Ladd street history. It has lost much of its top, and the 
trunk is now in a state of considerable decay. The year of 
its planting was 1790, and Samuel Ladd, Jr., was a bright 
and handsome inn-keeper of a hotel just back of where the 
willow stands. 

This willow has a very romantic story connected with it. 
In this same year Dr. Jonathan Arnold of St. Johnsbury, 
who was a lonely bachelor, went to Charlestown to spy out 
a wife, in which mission after some entreaty he was success- 
ful in winning the heart of Cvnthia Hastings, and arranse- 
ments were iinmediatelv made for their marriage and return 
to St. Johnsbury. The journey was made on horse-back, 
and on the morning of their start a roguish cousin of the 
young bride handed her a willow stick with the request that 
she might need it to urge on her horse when its spirits needed 
quickening, and after she got through with it for that pur- 
pose, she might plant it by the door of her second husband. 
The last words were a sly hit at the Doctor's age, which was 
considerably above that of his young bride. The willow 
stick, however, was accepted in good part, and the journey 


was begun. On the evening of the second day they arrived 
at Haverhill, and stopped at the inn of Samuel Ladd, Jr., 
for the night. The next morning as they, were ready to 
proceed on their way the gallant landlord presented Mrs. 
Arnold with a new stick, and the old one was left behind. 
After Dr. Arnold and his bride had started out, the willow 
stick was planted in the door-yard, and came to be the large 
tree now standing on the site of the Samuel Ladd tavern. 
Dr. Arnold died within a few years, and his young widow 
on her way to Charlestown to visit her friends, had occasion 
to spend the night in Haverhill at the Ladd tavern. Being 
invited to make her home at the Ladd inn whenever she had 
occasion to pass that way, she accepted the courteous invita- 
tion, and afterwards became the wife of the friendly young 
landlord, and saw the willow stick which her cousin pre- 
sented to her on the morning of her first marriage, grow to 
be a large tree, and his good natured mock-words turned 
into a prophecy. 


The story of a mammouth cucumber which grew in Hav- 
erhill in the summer of 1826, I get from the late John L. 
Bunce of Hartford, Conn., through his daughter. Miss Alice, 
who often heard her father relate it. Mr. Bunce was at that 
time living in Haverhill, and vi^as president of the Grafton 
bank. The cucumber grew in the jjarden back of the bank- 
house, and reached the extraordinary length of over ten feet. 
It was taken to Orford to a fair, and unfortunately when the 
cucumber perished, none of. the seeds were saved. The 
original seed, it is said, came from Rutland, Vt. The box 
in which it was carried to the fair was afterwards used in a 
hotel stable in Orford to run oats from a bin in the barn to 
the stables below. 

The story of the cucumber was also told me by the Hon. 


John E. Reding, and the corroberation of the truthfulness 
of the story is so striking, that I give it in his own words as 
near as I recall them. Mr. Reding went to Congress from 
the fifth district in 1841, and was then living in Haverhill. 
When members got tired in the routine duty of the House, 
they were accustomed to gather in social groups in the smok- 
ing room or lobby below, and amuse each other with stories, 
some of which were very extravagant. One day Mr. Red- 
ing ventured to ' ' put on the market " the Haverhill cucum- 
ber story, and after he got through, all his brother-members 
in the smoking-room gathered around him and good naturedly 
proffered him their hats in token of his being the " cham- 
pion liar," and for some days after they asked him to repeat 
the story, as it seemed so apparently to be made of whole 
cloth, which was rather annoying to Mr. R. 

Before long, however, Mr. Reding happened to be speak- 
ing with Mr. Herrick of Maine, who was in Congress with 
him, when the latter said, "I believe, Mr. Reding, your 
home is in Haverhill." " Yes, sir." " Well, a good many 
years ago I was engaged in surveying a canal route from 
Lake Champlain to the sea, and I passed the greater part of 
the summer in Haverhill, and have many pleasant recollec- 
tions of the place." "Pray, what year was it?" "That 
was in 182(i." Mr. Reding at once thought of the cucum- 
ber story, and this might be his chance. " Well, Mr. Her- 
rick, while you were in Haverhill did you ever hear any 
thing about a monster cucumber that grew there about that 
time?" " Oh, yes ; it was the summer I was in Haverhill. 
Every body went to see it. I went to see it myself one day, 
and as I passed the tailor's shop, I stepped in to get some 
paper-tape which tailors then used for measuring, to measure 
the cucumber with. It grew in a garden back of the bank- 
house. I forget who was president of the bank." " Mr. 
Bunce?" " Yes, that's the name. The cucumber measured 
ten feet and ten inches." "You're sure of that, Mr. Her- 


rick?" "Yes, I'm perfectly sure, for a few days before I 
left for Washington I was looking over some papers, and 
among them I found the identical paper-tape measure, and 
on it was written the length of the cucumber, as I meas- 
ured it." 

Shortly after, Mr. Reding was again in the smoking-room, 
when his brother-members, calling him, said, " Reding, tell 
us that cucumber story." He said nothing, but beckoning to 
his side a page, he directed him to go up to the House, and 
tell Mr. Herrick from Maine, that a gentleman wished to see 
him in the smoking-room. In a few moments Mr. Herrick 
made his appearance, when Mr. Reding said, " Mr. Herrick, 
I want you to tell these gentlemen the story about the mon- 
ster cucumber that grew in Haverhill, in my state." Mr. 
Herrick, entirely ignorant of what had been going on, told 
the story to his fellow congressmen exactly as he had told it 
to Mr. Reding a little while before. When he got through, 
the members by unanimous vote transferred the " champion 
liarship " from Mr. Reding to the gentleman from Maine. 
But one wag remarked, "Mr. Reding, you have got New 
Hampshire out of the scrape pretty well, but the story sticks 
to New England." 


Different sections and neighborhoods of the Town were 
designated by different names which were early given to 
them, and which had their origin in various circumstances. 
Beginning at the south end of the Town , there is the locality 
known as the " Corner." This name was given to it from 
the fact that in the settlement of the boundary question be- 
tween Piermont and Haverhill, a jog was formed in the dis- 
puted territory which was known as the " Corner." The 
name which at first was applied to the territory, was after- 
wards given as a local name to the village of Haverhill, so 


that the village is often called " Haverhill Corner." The 
territory lying east of the village, and forming part of the 
jog in the Town, v\ras early known as " Out-on-the turn- 
pike," and extended somewhat indefinitly from the village 
eastward, and got its name from the old " Cohos Turnpike" 
which passed through it. From the foot of the hill north- 
ward of Haverhill village, to beyond the Oliverian as far as 
cemetery road, was called " Oliverian Village." In later 
times this locality has been generally known as "The 
Brook." Beginning at the cemetery road and extending to 
the foot of the hill beyond James Woodward's, to this sec- 
tion was given the name of " Ladd street," so called from 
the fact that at one time a number of persons by the name 
of Ladd lived in this part of the Town. No one of that 
name is now living there ; the families have either died out 
or moved away. "Dow Plain" is a locality where Gen. 
Moses Dow, a prominent lawyer and citizen of Haverhill, 
owned a large farm and is still often called by his name. 
This plain is situated south of Pool brook, where the River 
road going north turns sharp to the east after crossing a deep 
ravine. The road formerlv ran alonff the bluffs overlookins: 
the river, but has long since been changed, leaving the " Dow 
Farm " buildings a little north-west of the present road. 
At the foot of the hill descending from the Dow Plain, is a 
locality on the right hand of the road, which was known by 
the bibulous name of " Toddy Brook." A little stream of 
clear, fresh water runs close by the road, at which in former 
days horses used to be watered. The name "Toddy Brook," 
tradition says, was given to it from this circumstance. jNIany 
years ago some one was coming down the hill from Dow 
Plain with a barrel of rum in his wagon, when the barrel got 
loose and rolled from the wagon into the brook and was 
broken, mingling its contents with the water. " Slab City" 
was a name early used to designate North Haverhill and the 
plain on which the village is built, and is said to have origi- 


nated in this way. It was the fashion years ago when Swa- 
sey's saw-mill was turning out large quantities of lumber, for 
the people in that section to use the shibs in building their 
fences and in battoninjj the roofs of their houses and barns. 
The slabs were furnished at very little cost, and this was an 
inducement for their general use, and so gave rise to the 
local name of the place. The locality on the River road 
north of North Haverhill village, is known as "Horse 
meadow," a section of territory about a mile long. This 
name was given to it as noted in the article headed ' ' Horse 
meadow" in this chapter. Next north of this is the " Kim- 
ball neighborhood," so called on account of several families 
of that name that lived there. One of these was Col. John 
Kimball who was a jjrominent man in the Town and deacon 
of the church at the North End. " Wbodsville," which has 
now passed the stage of a mere local name, got its name 
from John L. Woods, an extensive lumber dealer years ago, 
who lived in that neighborhood, and was the owner of the 
mills and lands near the north of the Ammonoosuc. East- 
ward of Woodsville some two miles is " Sanborn Hill," a 
locality which was so called because a man by that name 
owned a farm on that hill. He wa^ known as "Uncle 
Argy," — the g being pronounced hard, — and this name was 
given to him from the fact that in expressing his ideas or 
opinions about any matter, he was accustomed to say, " I 
argy," meaning I argue. "Briar Hill" is the local name 
of a section in the north-eastern part of the Town, a farm- 
ing region of considerable extent, occupied early by several 
families by the name of Carr, whose descendants still con- 
tinue there. This region was ^-ery prolific in blackberry and 
raspberry bushes which were called briars, from which cir- 
cumstance the neighborhood was called " Briar Hill." To 
the south of Briar Hill is the " Wilson neighborhood," 
which took its name from two brothers that lived there. 
' ' The Centre " is a name given to the central part of the 


Town, which is also blessed with another name, "Bangers- 
town," and which had its origin in the following incident. 
A company of shingle-makers were engaged in manufactur- 
ing shingles in the pine woods in this part of the Town. 
Near by lived a family by the name of Hildreth. One of 
the sons, Ephraim, had a notorious reputation for his extrava- 
gant stories, though he was not a malicious person, and was 
not known to tell these to the injury of any of his neighbors. 
Usually, he was the hero of his own wild tales. On one 
occasion the story-teller, whilst making a visit to the camp of 
the " shingle- weavers," as they were familiarly called, was 
entertaining them with his pretended travels in "1 ork 
State,' which was in those days the far West of the civilized 
part of the country. Taking it for granted that no one of 
his hearers had been as far west as he claimed to have been, 
he told them of a number of places which he said he had 
visited, and to which without the least hesitation he gave 
fictitious names. One of his anuised auditors, knowing his 
propensity, asked him if in his journey he had gone to 
Bangerstown. " Oh, yes," was the prompt reply, and then 
he went on with a full description of the place. Meantime, 
the men had given U) each other the knowing wink, and 
were enjoying the joke which had been played on him, when 
Ephraim seeing that he had been caught at his own game,, 
owned up and declared that there was no such place. The 
story of course got round, and the region was thereafter 
known as " Bangerstown." North of " The Centre " is the 
" Swiftwater road and French pond neighborhood." The 
eastern part of the Town on the Oliverian was early known 
as " East Haverhill," but that name is no longer a local 
one. The "North Benton road" is a name which desig- 
nates a neighborhood along that road. The "Bath road," 
as it was more generally called in former times, leading from 
Haverhill depot north-east to Swiftwater, was also used as a 


local name for the region through which the road runs. 
And 80 of " Brush- wood road." 

Some of these names are more local and limited in their 
use, whilst others pass current amongst the people all over 
the Town, and are employed in common speech to designate 
localities which are ■as well understood as the name of the 
Town itself. 


A lodge of Free Masons was organized in June, 1799. 
Gen. Moody Bedel and others had petitioned for a lodge in 
January previous, and their request was granted by the 
Grand Lodge. The time appointed for the inauguration of 
the lodge was June, 1790, and Grand Master Nathaniel 
Adams of Portsmouth was present to organize the same and 
to install the officers. Who the officers were the records do 
not show, but in all probability they were among those 
named in the charter, and perhaps in the order named. The 
names in the charter are Michael Barron [of Bradford, Vt., 
probably] ; John Montgomery, Moody Bedel, William Wal- 
lace, [Bradford, Vt.J ; Arad Stebbins, [Bradford, Vt.] ; 
Andrew B. Peters, [Bradford, Vt.] ; Joseph Bliss, William 
Cross, Artemus Nixon, John Haley, William Lambert, and 
Amasa Scott. The services were public and were held, 
probably in the " meeting house," as Grand Master Adams 
wrote the committee of arrangement to "request of Mr. 
Smith permission to use his meeting house " for the services. 
He also suggested that they invite some minister to preach a 
discourse on the occasion. Mr. Forsith of Orford, who had 
officiated at a similar service before, preached the sermon, 
though it is not certain whether he was a member of the 
order or not. 

The name of this earliest lodge at Haverhill was ' ' Union 
Lodge, No. 10," and had in its list of membership many of 


the leading men at that tune. In 1809 the Lodge was re- 
moved to Orford, and was held there under its original name 
until about 1860, when it was changed to "Mount Cube 
Lodge." The members of Union Lodge, No. 10, who 
lived at Haverhill, did not find themselves sufficiently accom- 
modated by the removal of the Lodge to. Orford, and accord- 
ingly were organized into a new lodge called " Grafton 
Lodge, No. 46." This Lodge continued until 1844, when 
on account of a failure to make returns, its charter was de- 
clared forfeited by the Grand Lodge. 

The present Lodge in Haverhill, called " Grafton Lodge," 
is the renewal of the Lodge of 1826-44, and was re-habi- 
tated in October, 1857, by having its charter restored. 

The communications or meetings of the old ' ' Union 
Lodge," were held at Newbury and Bradford, Vt., as well 
as at Haverhill, according to convenience. Amongst the 
earlier officers of Union Lodge was Micah Barron, master in 
1802; Ross Coon, treasurer; and William Lambert was the 
first secretary. The latter was master in 1805. John Mont- 
gomery was master in 1804. 

The present Lodge is in a fiourishing condition, has a neat 
hall for its meetings, and includes many of our leading citi- 
zens in its membership. The present officers are, H. P. 
Watson, worshipful master; Tyler Westgate, senior war- 
den; A. J. Randall, junior warden; John Farnham, treas- 
urer ; W. P. Smith, secretary ; F. M. Tucker, senior dea- 
con ; C. J. Pike, junior deacon ; C. J. Ayer, senior 
steward; C. N. Miner, junior steward; A. F. Thomas, 
tyler ; E. W. Stoddard, chaplain and rej)resentative to 
Grand Lodge. 

When the brick church was built, the corner stone, it 
would seem, was laid under Masonic ceremonies, at least the 
church whose corner stone was laid by T>. D. G. M., Calvin 
Benton of Lebanon is described as a " new Methodist 


Episcopel chapel." " Calvin Benton " sounds sufficiently 
orthodox to lay the comer stone of any church. 


Both correspondence and a visit to the farm ha\ e failed 
in securing all the information which is desirable in regard 
to this well-known stock farm. The farm is historic, aside 
from its present history and fame, being owned in the early 
settlement of the Town by Gen. Moses Dow, a distinguished 
lawyer of Haverhill, and was known as the "Dow farm," 
and is sometimes still called by that name. It was bought 
many years ago by Hon. Henry Keyes, of Newbury, Vt., 
and has been in the Keyes family since that time. At pres- 
ent the farm is owned by Harry Keyes of Newbury, Vt., 
who continues it as a stock farm. Mr. Keyes is a graduate 
of Harvard University, and takes a deep interest in the farm 
and its stock, fully appreciating the importance of such farms 
in maintaining high-grade stock. Holstein and Jersey have 
been the chief lines of cattle which Pine Grove Farm breeds 
and of these it has some of the finest in the country. At 
present the number is one hundred twenty-five head, and 
these cattle are sold far and near. Also, the farm breeds 
Cotswold sheep and Norman horses. At state and other 
fairs Pine Grove Farm has taken the highest premiums on 
various occasions, and has a wide and well 'deserved fame. 
The buildings are large, airy, and thorou^ly adapted to the 
purposes of a stock farm, and nothing is spared to secure the 
best results of breeding. Mr. Keyes is a gentleman of 
means, and is able to add to or improve his herds in what- 
ever way will increase their value and perfection. The farm 
consists of 800 acres, part on the river, the rest lying back, 
and the tillage portion is in the highest state of cultivation. 



Moosehillock Lodge, No. 25, I. O. O. F., was instituted 
at Haverhill Corner in 1848 by Grand Master J. C. Lyford. 
The lodge grew in members, but never became very large, 
and contained in its membership some very prominent names. 
Ex-chief justice, J. E. Sargent, Hon. Ellery A. Hibbard, 
J. D. Sleeper, Esq., Chas. G. Smith, and others. After a 
useful mission of about ten years it ceased to exist. The 
cause of the decline of the lodge is said to have been due to 
the general decline of Haverhill after business was diverted 
by the advent of the railroad. 

The lodge was resuscitated at Woodsville in 1874 through 
Quincy A. Scott and Joseph Kidder, with the following 
charter members : M. H. Parker, G. A. Davison, Q. A. 
Scott, K. Marshall and M. V. B. Perkins. Fifteen new 
members were admitted the first month, and the lodge has 
had a steady growth since its re-constitution, having received. 
190 members in all. Its present membership is 130. It 
held its meetings for a time in a hall in the Mt. Gardiner 
house, but in 1882, having outgrown its quarters, it pur- 
chased the Tabor property and erected a three story building, 
60x40, with stores on first floor, tenements on the second, 
and the lodge hall on the third. The lodge holds property 
valued at about $5,000, and has been wonderfully successful 
under the wise, prudent and zealous care of those who have 
had the management of its affairs. Growth, thrift and 
progress have marked its history from the first, keeping full 
abreast of the enterprise and progress of the active and stir- 
ring village in which it is located. Its membership includes 
many of the best and most prominent citizens of Woodsville 
and vicinity, and its influence is exerted in the line of moral 
and honest and conservative life. 



Grand Canton Albin, No. 4, Patriarchs Militant, I. O. 
O. F., of Woodsville, was mustered in 1887 with seventy- 
five members, by Lt.-Gen. John C. Underwood command- 
ing the army, P. M., and is composed of Patriarchal Odd 
Fellows who are members of the difl^erent lodges and en- 
campments in this vicinity, and has components at Bradford, 
Vt., and Littleton. 

This body ie a military branch of Odd Fellowship and is 
organized and officered the same as the United States Army. 
Capt. John E. Bisson was its first commandant. The 
three components are organized as a Battalion under the 
command of Major Q. A. Scott. The Canton was named 
in honor of Hon. John H. Albin, a leading lawyer of Con- 
cord and a prominent Odd Fellow. 


Bluff Lodge No. 47 of Good Templars was chartered in 
1866, and instituted the year following. The first officers 
were Rev. J. M. Bean, worthy chief; Mrs. N. H. Batch- 
elder, vice chief ; M. B. Carpenter, secretary ; A. F. Thomas, 
marshal ; Fannie Morrison, deputy marshal ; Horace Mor- 
rison, past worthy chief; Frank Morrison, chaplain ; Joseph 
Weed, outside guard ; Alice Woodward, inside guard. The 
meetings were held in a hall on the second floor of the build- 
ing now owned and occupied by the Cohos Steam Press. 
The lodge met on Thursday of each Week, and was prosper- 
ous for some time, and its membership was composed of 
ladies and gentlemen. The object of the lodge was to pro- 
mote the cause of temperance, and it achieved some success 
in that line. It is to be regretted that it did not have a 
longer lease of life. 



Principal Town Officers and Representatives fi'om 1763 

to 1888. 



John Hazen, * 


James Abbott, >s- 


Jacob Bailey, 

Timothy Bedel, s 


Elisha Lock, 

Timothy Bedel, 


John Hazen, 

Timothy Bedel, s 


James Abbott, 


Timothy Bedel, 


Timothy Bedel, 


Moses Dow, 


John Hazen, 


Timothy Bedel, 


John Hazen, s f 

Charles Johnston, s 

James Bailey, 

Charles Johnston, s 


Charles Johnston, 


Timothy Bedel, 


John Hazen, 

Charles Johnston, y 


Charles Johnston, 

Daniel Stevens, s 


Ephraim Wesson, 


Charles Johnston, 

Capt. Wesson, « 


Moses Dow, 


Simeon Goodwin, s 


Asa Porter, s 

James Bailey, 

Moses Dow, 


James Bailey, *■ 


Moses Dow, s 

Thomas Simpson, 

Charles Johnston, 


Capt. Wesson, s 

Charles Johnston, s 

Thomas Simpson, 


Charles Johnston, s 


Thomas Simpson, *■ 

Charles Johnston, 

Thomas Simpson, 

Charles Hutchins, s 


Charles Johnston, 


Charles Johnston, 

* Town officers for this year, except moderator, were appointed by 
the Proprietors, as is learned from their records. 

t Officers with s attached to their names held their positions at 
special meetings. 




Moses Dow, s 


S. P. Webster, 


Moses Dow, 

Capt. J. Pearson, s 

Charles Johnston, s 


Sam'l A. Pearson, s 

Asa Porter, s 

Stephen P. Webster 

Obadiah Eastman, s 

Amos Chapman, s 


Asa Porter, s 

Isaac Pearson, s 

Charles Johnston, 


S. P. Webster, 


Charles Johnston, s 

Jno. Montgomery, s 

Andrew S. Crocker, 

Moses Dow, s 


Charles Johnston, 

John Osgood, s 

Moody Bedel, s 

Asa Boynton, s 


Charles Johnston, 


Moody Bedel, 

Asa Porter, s 

Simeon Towle, s 

A. S. Crocker, s 


S. P. Webster, 


Charles Johnston, 

Richard Gookin, ,s 

John Montgomery, s 

Moody Bedel, s 


Charles Johnston, 

J. Montgomery, s 

Michael Johnston, « 


S. P. Webster, 


Charles Johnston, 

Alden Sprague, s 


Charles Johnston, 

Charles Johnston, s 


John Montgomery, 


S. P. Webster, 

Amasa Scott, « 

Moody Bedel, s 

Daniel Stevens, *• 

Charles Johnston, s 

■ Charles Johnston, ,x 


S. P. Webster, 


Amasa Scott, s 

John Kimball, s 

Moor Russell, s 

Charles Johnston, s 

Moody Bedel, s 

John Smith, s 

John Montgomery 


E. Kingsbury, 

Daniel Stamford, s 

Jacob Williams, s 


Amasa Scott, s 

Israel Swan, s 

Ross Coon, 


S. P. Webster, 


Asa Porter, 

S. P. Webster, s 

Charles Johnston, s 

Israel Swan, « 

Moses Dow, s 


E. Kingsbury, s 

Joshua Swan, s 

E. Kingsbury, s 




Israel Swan, s 


John Nelson, s 


E. Kingsbury, 


Joseph Bell, 

David Webster, .s- 

Isaac Pearson, s 

Noah Davis, « 


John Smith, 


E. Kingsbury, 

John Nelson, s 

Israel Swan, s 

Joseph Bell, s 


Moody Bedel, 

Caleb Morse, s 

Isaac Pearson, .s 

Ezekiel Ladd, *■ 

E. Kingsbury, s 


John Page, 


S. P. Webster, 

R. N. Powers, s 

E. ICingsbury, s 

Moses Dow, « 


S. P. Webster, 

Bryan Morse, s 

Jona. Sinclair, s 


John Angier, 


S. P. Webster, 

John L. Rix, s 

Benjamin Merrill, s 

John Angier, s 

Tim. A. Edson, s 


John Angier, 


Joseph Bell, 

Ezra Niles, « 

Thomas Morse, s 

Moses Dow, s 


Joseph Bell, 

John L. Eix, s 

Ezekiel Ladd, 


Joseph Bell, 

Ezra Bartlett, .s 

Sam'l Cartland, s 


Joseph Bell, 

John Nelson, s 

S. P. Webster, s 


John Page, 


Ezra Bartlett, 

E. Kingsbury, g 

Ezekiel Ladd, s 

Jonathan Bliss, s 


Joseph Bell, 


John Page, 

John Smith, «• 

Jonathan Sinclair, s 


Joseph Bell, 

Moses H. Sinclair, s 


Ezekiel Ladd, s 


John Page, 

Jonathan Pool, s 

J. B. Rowell, s 


Joseph Bell, 

Jona. Sinclair, s 

Ezekiel Ladd, s 


John Page, 


John Smith, s 

Caleb Morse, s 


Joseph Bell, , 

Nehemiah Woods, s 

John Kimball, s 


John Page, 



Jacob Williams, « 


Moses H. Sinclair, s 



John Page, 

David H. Collins, s 


Samuel Page, n 



Samuel Swasey, 
A. M. Brown, .<< 

Hosea S. Baker, s 



John Page, 
John Carr, Jr., s 

Samuel Swasey, s 


John S. Bryant, « 

Henry W. Reding, s 


Chandler Cass, 


Samuel Swasey, .s- 



Samuel Swasey, 



Samuel Swasey, 



Samuel Swasey, 



Daniel Morse, 


Nathaniel Rix, s 


D. C. Kimball, s 



Daniel Morse, 2d 


Samuel Swasey, s 



Daniel Morse, 2d 



J. D. Sleeper, 



J. D. Sleeper, 



Joseph Powers, 


J. D. Sleeper, 


John R. Reding, a- 



James P. AVebster, 


James P. Webster, 



James P. Webster, 



James P. Webster, 


James P. Webster, 



James P. W^ebster, 



James P. Webster, 
James P. Webster, 
Samuel Carr, s 
James P. Webster, 
James P. Webster, 
D. C. Kimball, s 
Nath'l M. Swasey, s 
James P. Webster, 
G. W. Chapman, .s 
A. J. Edgerly, s 
J. P. Webster, s 
J. P. Webster, s 
Samuel Carr, s 
Daniel Batchelder, 
Daniel Batchelder, 
Chas. G. Smith, 
Chas. G. Smith, 
Chas. G. Smith, 
Chas. M. Weeks, 
Chas. M. Weeks, 
Chas. M. Weeks, 
Henry P. Watson, 
Chas. M. Weeks, 
Chas. M. Weeks, 
Chas. M. Weeks, 
Chas. M. Weeks, 
Enoch G. Parker, s 
Enoch G. Parker, 
Chas. M. Weeke, 
Chas. M. Weeks, s 
Chas. M. Weeks, 
Chas. M. Weeks, 
Chas. M. Weeks, s 
Chas. M. Weeks, 
Chas. M. Weeks, 



1885. Chas. G. Smith, 1887. 

1886. Chas. B. Smith, 1888. 
Chas. G. Smith, .s 

Samuel B. Page, 
Samuel B. Page. 




Jesse Johnson, 


Ezra Bartlett, 


(Xo record,) 


E. Kingsbury, 


John Taplin, 


J. Woodward, 

John Hazen, 


Henry Barstow, 


Elisha Lock, 


John L. Chapin, 


Timothy Bedel, 


Henry Barstow, 


James Abbott, 


N. B. Felton, 


Charles Johnston, 


T. K. Blaisdell, 


James Abbott, 


John McClary, 


C. Johnston, 


John A. Page, 


Moses Dow, 


N. B. Felton, 


Joshua Young, 


N. M. Swascy, 


A. S. Crocker, 


A. E. Haywood, 


Charles Johnston. 


J. T. Barstow, 


A. S. Crocker, 


Chas. G. Smith, 


Moody Bedel, 


J. T. Barstow, 


Samuel Brooks, 


Chas. G. Smith, 


Moody Bedel , 

Geo. W. Aiken, 


John Osgood, 


Nath'l Bailey, 


Joseph Ladd, 


Jacob Bell, 


Joseph Ladd, 


A. K. Merrill, 


John Osgood, 


Michael Carleton , 


Joseph Ladd, 


A. K. Merrill, 


David Mitchell, 


Albert Bailey, 


E. Kingsbury, 

A. K. Merrill, 


John Page, Jr., 


J. L. Ham, 


H. H. Goodman, 


Enoch R. AVeeks. 


, John Osgood, 





John White, 


Charles Johnston, 

James Bailey, 


Charles Johnston, 

Edmond Morse, 

James Bailey, 


(No record.) 

Ephraim Wesson, 


John Hazen, 


Thomas Simpson, 

Elisha Lock, 

Capt. Ladd, 

Jonathan Elkins, 

Simeon Goodwin, 


Timothy Bedel, 


Capt. Ladd, - 

Jonathan Elkins, 

James Woodward, 

Jonathan Sanders, 

Charles Johnston, 


James Abbott, 


Maj. Hale, 

Ezekiel Ladd, 

John Page, 

Edward Bailey, 

Maxi Hazel tine. 


Timothy Bedel, 


Joshua Hayward, 

Ezekiel Ladd, 

Daniel Stevens, 

Nathaniel Wesson, 

Charles Johnston, 


Joseph Hutchins, 


Charles Johnston, 

James Woodward, 

Ephraim Wesson, 

Simeon Goodwin, 

Timothy Barron, 


James Bailey, 

. 1781. 

Charles Johnston, 

Maxi Hazel tine, 

Timothy Bedel, 

Charles Johnston, 

James Woodward, 


A. S. Crocker, 


Chas. Johnston, 

Charles Johnston, 

Timothy Bedel, 

James Bailey, 

James Woodward, 


Ephraim Wesson, 


James Woodward, 

Charles Johnston, 

Moses Dow, 

Simeon Goodwin, 

A. S. Crocker, 


Charles Johnston, 


Charles Johnston, 

Ephraim Wesson, 

A. S. Crocker, 

A. S. Crocker, 

Nathaniel Merrill, 


Ephraim Wesson, 


Charles Johnston, 

James Bailey, 

A. S. Crocker, 




Xathaniel Merrill, 


Daniel Stamford, 


Charles Johnston, 


Alden Sprague, 

A. S. Crocker, 

Nathaniel Merrill, 

Xathaniel Merrill, 

Moody Bedel, 


Charles Johnston, 


Charles Johnston, 

Joshua Howard, 

Ezekiel Ladd, 

Ezekiel Ladd, 

Amos Kimball, 


Charles Johnston, 


Charles Johnston, 

A. S. Crocker, 

Ezekiel Ladd, 

Xathaniel Merrill, 

Amos Kimball, 


Charles Johnston, 


Charles Johnston, 

A. S. Crocker, 

X^athaniel Merrill, 

Joscjjh I-Iutchins, 

William Porter, 


Moses Dow, 


Xathaniel Merrill, 

Xathaniel Merrill, 

Moor Russell, 

Amos Kimball, 

Michael Johnston, 

Charles Johnston , * 


A. S. Crocker, 

A. S. Crocker, 

Amasa Scott, 

Amos Kimball, 

Ross Coon, 


Joseph Hutchins, 


Xathaniel Merrill, 

Xathaniel iSIerrill, 

Moody Bedel, 

Moody Bedel, 

Asa Boynton, 


IMoody Bedel, 


Ste23hen Morse, 

Amos Kimball, 

Asa Boynton, 

Moses Porter, 

Ezekiel Ladd, 


Ezekiel Ladd, 


S. P. Webster, 

A. S. Crocker, 

John Kimball, 

Moody Bedel, 

Ezekiel Ladd, 


Samuel Brooks, 


S. P. Webster, 

A. S. Crocker, 

John Kimball, 

Xathaniel Merrill, 

Ezekiel Ladd, 


Samuel Brooks, 


Asa Boynton, 

A. S. Crocker, 

John Kimball, 

* This second list of Selectmen was chosen at a special meeting, for 
what reason is not stated. 




Nathaniel Merrill, 


John Kimball, 


Moody Bedel, 

Benj. Merrill, 

John Kimball, 


John Page, Jr. 

Tim. A. Edson, 

John Kimball, 


Simeon Towle, 

Edward Towle, 

Eichard Gookin, 


Johfi Page, Jr. 

John Kimball, 

Benj. Merrill, 


John Kimball, 

Tim. A. Edson, 

Richard Gookin, 


John Page, Jr. 

Michael Johnston, 

Obadiab Swasey, 


John Kimball, 

Benj. Merrill, 

Ezekiel Ladd, Jr. 


John Page, Jr. 

Michael Johnston, 

Benj. Merrill, 


John Kimball, 

Obadiah Swasey, 

Ezekiel Ladd, Jr. 


E. Kingsbury, 

Jacob Williams, 

Jacob Williams, 


S. P. Webster, 

Jonathaii Wilson, 

John Kimball, 


E. Kingsbury, 

Uriah Ward, 

Jacob Williams, 


J6hh' Kimball, 

Jonathan Wilson, 

David Merrill, 


E. Kingsbury, 

Israel Swan, 

Jonathan Wilson, 


David Webster, Jr. 

Jacob Williams, 

Israel Swan, 


John Page, 

John Kimball, 

John Kimball, 


Israel Swan, 

Caleb Morse, 

John S. Sstoborn, 


John Page, 

E. KingsbtiTy, 

John Kimball, 


Israel Swan, 

Caleb Morse, 

Chester Farman, 


John Kimball, 

Enoch Chase, 

Caleb Morse, 


John Page, Jr. 

John Nelson, 

John Kimball, 


John Nelson, 

Benj. Merrill, 

John Kimball, 


John Page, Jr. 

Caleb Morse, 















John Page, 


Daniel Carr, Jr. 

John Kimball, 


Samuel Swasey, 

Joshua Woodward, 

Nathaniel Rix, 

John Page, 

John Page, 

Simon Stafford, 


Nathaniel Rix, 

Jonathan Wilson, 

Newhall Pike, 

John Page, 

AlvahE. Haywood, 

Simon Stafford, 


Alvah E. Haywood, 

Jon a. B. Rowell, 

Samuel Swasey, 

John Page, 

Isaac Morse, 

"Simon Stafford, 


Dudley C. Kimball, 

Jona. B. Rowell, 

Isaac Morse, 

John Page, 

Alvah E. Haywood, 

Jonathan Wilson, 



Simon Stafford, 

Isaac F. Allen, 

Jonathan Sinclair, 

Josiah Jeffers, 

•Jona. B. Rowell, 


Dudley C.Kimball, 

John L. Corliss, 

Samuel Page, 

Jona. B. Rowell, 

Isaac Morse, 

Jona. Sinclair, 


Dudley C.Kimball, 

John L. Corliss, 

Isaac Morse, 

Jno. B. Rowell, 

W. W. Simpson, 

Samuel Page, 


Dudley C. Kimball, 

Jacob Morse, 

Isaac Morse, 

Joshua Wopdward, 

W. W. Simpson, 

Caleb Morse, 


John R. Reding, 

Moses Southard, 

Isaac F. Allen, 

Samuel Page, 

Itham Howe, 

Jacob Morse, 


Dudley C. Kimball, 

Daniel Carr, Jr. 

Isaac Morse, 

Samuel Page, 

Nathaniel Kimball, 

Daniel Carr, Jr. 


Samuel Page, 

Joseph Stowe, 

Luther Colby, 

Samuel Page, 

Nathaniel Kimball, 

Joseph Stowe, 


John R. Reding, 



1853. N. M. Swasey, 1865. 
N. S. Davis, 

1854. Samuel Page, 

Samuel Carr, 18(j(). 

Nathaniel Kimball, 

1855. James P. Webster, 
Samuel Carr, 1867. 
Hosea S. Baker, 

1856. James P. Webster, 
Hosea S. Baker, 1868. 
Luther Butler, 

1857. Samuel Page, 

Luther Butler, 1869. 

David Merrill, 

1858. Luther Butler, 

Eussell Kimball, 1870. 

Stephen Metcalf, 

1859. Stephen Metcalf, 

John L. Rix, 1871. 

Solon S. Southard, 

1860. Stephen Metcalf, 

John L. Rix, 1872. 

Solon S. Southard, 

1861. Stephen Metcalf, 

James A. Currier, 1873. 
Joshua Carr, 

1862. James A. Currier, 
Joshua Carr, 1874. 
Roswell Elliott, 

1863. Dudley C.Kimball, 
Daniel Merrill, 1875. 
N. M. Swasey, 

1864. Dudley C. Kimball, 
Harry A. Albee, 1876. 
Edward L. Page, 

Edward L. Page, 
Hosea S. Baker, 
Nathaniel Bailey, 
Chas. M. Weeks, 
Langdon Bailey, 
Isaac Morse, 
. Charles M. Weeks, 
Langdon Bailey, 
Jacob Morse, 
Ezra S. Kimball, 
Charles Fisher, 
John W. Cutting, 
Ezra S. Kimball, 
Charles Fisher, 
John W. Cutting, 
Charles G. Smith, 
James L. Bisbee, 
Calvin Merrill, 
Charles G. Smith, 
Calvin Merrill, 
Samuel H. Crocker, 
Charles G. Smith, 
Samuel H. Crocker, 
Sylvester JefFers, 
Charles G. Smith, 
Sylvester Jeffers, 
John E. Carr, 
Charles G. Smith, 
Sylvester JefFers, 
Henry F. King, 
John E. Carr, 
W^m. C. Marston, 
Horace E. Noyes, 
John E. Carr, 
Wm. C. Marston, 










Horace E. Noyes, .1883. 

Horace E. Noyes, 

A. W. Thomas, 

Daniel W. Header, 11884. 

Daniel W. Header, 

S. H. Cummings, 

EzraB. Hann, 1885. 

N. P. Ridout, 

George C. Jeffers, 

Enoch G. Parker, 1886. 

Ezra B. Mann, 

S. H. Cummings, 

Nathan P. Kidout, 1887. 

Ezra B. Hann, 

S. H. Cummings, 

Horace Eaton, 1888. 

S. H. Cummings, 

Horace Eaton, 

Caleb Wells, 

Caleb Welk, 
Ira Wihitcher, 
Charfes .W. VM, 
Ira Whitcher, 
Charles W. Pike, 
Charles W. Pike, 
"Wm. C. Harston, 
Seth P. Stickney, ' 
Caleb Wells, 
Ira Whitcher, 
Levi B. Ham, 
Henry F. King, 
Levi B. Ham, 
W. W. Coburn, 

D. L. Hawkins, 
W. W. Coburn, 

E. C. Kinney. 


1771. James Bailey, f 1793-4. 

1772-3. Simeon Goodwin, 1795. 

1774-5. James Bailey, 1796. 

1776-9. Simeon Goodwin, 1797. 

1780-2. J. Woodward, 1798. 

1783-4. Simeon Goodwin, 1799. 

1785-6. Hoses Dow, 1800-06. 

1787. J. Woodward, 1807. 

1788. Ezekiel Ladd, 1808. 
1789-92. Moses Dow, 1809. 

Charles Johnston, 
Daniel Stamford, 
Moody Bedel, 
J. Woodward, 
Ezekiel Ladd; 
Michael Johnston, 
John Osgood, 
David Mitchell, 
Charles Johnston, 
John Kimball, 

* designed and Stephen H. Cummings was appointed. 
t The treasurer was chosen this year for the first time. The duties 
of the ofBce before this date were performed by the Selectmen. 















Ezekiel Ladd, Jr. 
John L. Corliss, 
H. H. Goodman, 
John Osgood, 
Ezra Bartlett, 
E. Kingsley, 
Henry Bar stow, 
John L. Chapin, 
Henry Barstow, 
N. B. Felton, 
T. W. Blaisdell, 
John McGlary, 













John A, Page, 
N. M. Swasey, 
D. C, Kimball, 
J. T. Barptow, 
Ghas. G. Smith, 
J. T. Bargtow, 
Chas. G. Smith, 
Nathaniel Bailey, 
A. K. Merrill, 
L. B. Ham, 
Enoch R. Weeks. 


1783. J. Woodward, * 

1784. T. Bedel, 
1785-7. Classed with other 

towns, f 

1788-9. J. Hutchins, 

1790-1. Moses Dow, 

1791. J. Hutchins, (?) 

1792. Samuel Brooks, 

1793. Moses Dow, 
1794-6. Nathaniel Merrill, 
1797'-8. Moody Bedel, 

1799. Moor Russell, 

1800. Moor Russell, 

1801. Moody Bedel, 

1802. (None.) 
1803-5. J. Montgomery, 

















Nath'l Merrill, 
Moody Bedel, 
S. P. Webster, 
John Kimball, 
Ezekiel Ladd, Jr. 
S. P. Webster, 
Moody Bedel, 
John Page, Jr. 
Joseph Bell, 
John L. Corliss, 
Samuel Cartland, 
John L. Corliss, 
Joseph Bell, 
Caleb Morse, 
Jona. Wilson, 
Samuel Page, 

* First representative sent this year. 

t This year and the two following years the representative was 
either from Piermont or Coventry, as the towns were classified vyith 
Haverhill, and formed our representative district. 




John Angier, * 


Isaac Morse, 


Ezra Bartlett, * 


John L. Rix, 


John Page, * 

Isaac Morse, 


John McClary, 


Nath'l. Bailey, 

John Angier, 


Russell King, 


John McClary, 


J. P. Webster, 

Jona. Wilson, 


Geo. S. Kelsea, 


Hosea S. Baker, 


Daniel Morse, 2d 

John S. Sinclair, 

N. Westgate, 


Jacob Williams, 


Albert Bailey, 

Samuel Swasey, 


M. W. Nelson, 


Samuel Swasey, 


P. W. Kimball, 


Samuel Smith, 

J. B. Cotton, 


N. B. Felton, 


P. W. Kimball, 


Samuel Swasey, 

John N. Morse, 


Eber Eastman, 


Chas. G. Smith, 


Daniel Morse, 2d 

H. B. Leonard, 


D. Batchelder, 


Chas. G. Smith, 


Samuel Swasey, 

H. B. Leonard, 

Nathaniel Kix, 


G. F. Putnam, 


Samuel Swasey, 

Chas. M. Weeks, 

Isaac Morse, 


Chas. M. Weeks, 


Samuel Swasey, f 

G. F. Putnam, 


Daniel Morse, 2d 


L. Bailey, 

Samuel Page, 

J. W. Cutting, 


Samuel Swasey, 


Henry Holt, 

T. B. Jackson, 

J. W. Cutting, 


D. C. Kimball, 


N. M. Swasey, 


C. G. Thompsom, 

Silvester Reding, 


N. B. Felton, 


N. M. Swasey, 

Jacob Morse, 

Silvester Reding, 


John L. Rix, 


Levi B. Ham, 

" Only 

one ropresentativn chose 

t Only ( 

one sent. 



1874. A. J. Edgerly, were chosen in November, bi- 

1875. Levi. B. Ham, annually.) 

1880. John E. Carr, 

W. C. Marston, 
1882. W. W. Coburn, 

W. F. Westgate, 
1884. Geo. H. Mann, 
1886. Samuel B. Page, 

Samuel T. Page. 

Levi. B. Ham, 
Chas. A. Gale, 
EzraB. Mann, 
Chas. A. Gale, 
Ezra B. Mann, 
Samuel T. Page, 
John E. Carr, 
Samuel T. Page, 
(After 1878 representatives 





Page 29, Read Charlestown, for Charleston. 

41, " Moses Hazen died in Albany, N. Y., in 1785." 

Another account gives 1803. 
55, Read Moses Swasey of Newbury, Vt., for Oba- 

diah Swasey of North Haverhill. 
59, Read Mr. Ethan Brock for Mrs. Ethan Brock. 
68, Moses Little as justice of the Court of Ses- 
sions, is credited to Oampton. Whether 
the Campton and the Haverhill Little were 
the same person is not clear. 
70, John Hurd died in Boston in 1809, and was 
probably buried in the old Germany grave- 
yard, where his wife and son are buried. 
72, Joseph Hutchins also, it is said, led an indepen- 
dent company at the* time of Burgoyne's Sur- 
108, To the synopsis of Chapter VII add Woodsville 

131, May Rix was probably Timothy Rix. 
151, Read Jacob Bailey for James. 
157, Read It was an earlier marriage, for it was the 

first marriage. 
191, Read Gen. John McDuffee for Gen. John 

193, Same as above. 
1Q«, R— 1 - 1&34-^5 Si^l 7 a^. 
324, Read Moses Ellcins for Moses Elkin. 
375, Read Courts and Court Houses for Court and 

Court Houses. 
393, Read Joseph H. Dunbar for Joseph W. Dun- 


Academy, 211 

Adams Stephen and family, 120 

Area of Town, 22, 

A Great Accident, 403 

Appendix, 418 

An Episode, 157 

Aim of Author, 17 

Ay^r Perley and family, 121 

Animals, danger of 152, 

," . wild, 367 
Angiei-, John 294 

" Joel 295 

" J. Dorsey 311 

" Geo. W. 311 
Abbott, James 68 

" Chester 148 
Arnold, Jonathan 66 

" Cynthia Hastings 67 

" Lemuel 67 
A Noted Character, 371 
A Romance, 406 
Author, material of 17 
Appendix, 434. 


BaiU y, Jacob 41, 42, 173 
" James 58 
" Albert 141 

Nathaniel 141 
" Milo 141 
Azro 141 
Allen 141 
" Langdon 148 
Barron, Timotuy 68 
" William 91 
BlaiPdell, Daniel 269 

" Timothy K. and familj'. 

" Alfred 97 
Barstow, Henry 112 
Williira 112 
" James 113 
" Thomas 113 
Ezekiel H. 113 
Mrs. 113 
■' Alfred313 
" Anson 314 
" Georgp 314 
" Charles W. 314 

Barstow, John 314 
•' Mary 315 
Baker, Hosea S. and family, 123 
'■ Peyton 124 
Oliver R. 124 
Solon H. 124 
Bacon, Timothy R. 140 
Asa 140' 
Sumner P. 312 
" Elmer C. 312 
Batchelder, Daniel 140 
Banks, 394 
Bartlett, Ezra 292 

" Ezra, Jr. 293 
Babcock, Mrs. Louisa P. 312 
Bracket, Anson 295 
Bedel, Timothy and family, 48 
" Moody and family 49 
" Uazen 315 
" John 316 
Bell, Jacob and family, 119 
" James, 119 
" LeRoy 119 
" Joseph 262 
" James .317 
" John 317 
Bean, John V. and family, 141 
Brewer, James P. 317 
Birth, first 56 
Bridges, 193 
Bliss, Jonathan 270 
" Joseph 93 
" Mrs. 93 
Bittinger, Rev. J. Q. 227 
Brya,ut,,John S. 278 
Boundaries, 20 
Bounties to Soldiers, 159, 162 

" to Families, 161 
Brooks, North Branch 26 
" Pool, 26 

" Samuel and family, 90 
'• George W. 91 
" Samuel 319 
" Edwin 320 
Boyington. Asa 102 
Blood, J. G. 143 
, Brown, Edwin J. 305 
Bunce, John L. 132 
Burbeck,, Wm. H. and family, 

12^ ",' ,' , ' ,.' . 

Burbeck, Edward C. 320 



Burbeck George 321 
Butler, Luther 146 
" Geo. C. 148 
" Thaddeus 289 
Burial places, 1.54 

Changes iu Life and Habits, 

Charter, Date of 35 
C'arr, Daniejl 97 

" John 97 

" Samuel 97 
Carleton, Michael and family 122 
" Michael Jr. and family, 

Carleton, Horace D. 123 

" Edmund 2G8 
Clark, James B. 309 

" Wm. K. 136 

" Henry H. 136 

" Clarence H. 305 
Care of imbecile, 154 
Canal, 192 

Cartland, Samuel 268 
Carbee, Samuel P. 302 
Moses D. 304 
Chapman, Geo. VV. 280 
Census, 154 
Cohos Country, Eeports of earlj' 

discovery and exploration 29 
Cohos Counti-y, Measures to ex- 
plore 29 
Cohos Country, original plan to 

take possession of 29 
Cohos Country, Marking road to 

Cohos Country, Indians at 42 

" Eapid Settlement 

of 57 
Cohos Turnpike, 190 
Corrections, 433 
Coon, Ross 103 
Crocker, A. S. and family, 85 

" Frederick 321 
Collins, H. D. 276 
Committee of safety and corre- 
spondence, 58 
Cross, Wm. and familj^, 95 
" Eliza 95 
" Jeremiah 96 
Courts and Court Houses, 375 
Currier, James A. 142 

" F. P. 142 
Cutting, James 136 

Cutting Abijah 136 
John W. 136 
" James A. 321 
Cummings, Wm. H. 139 
" Stephen H. 140 

" George S. 148 

" George E. 149 

Church, Congregational, 222 
Church, Methodist Episcopal, 

North Haverhill 228 
Church, Methodist Episcopal, 

Haverhill Corner 231 
Church, Methodist Episcopal, 

East Haverhill 233 
Church, Methodist Episcopal, 

Woodsville 236 
Church, Baptist, North Haverhill 

Church, Freewill, East Haverhill 

Church, Union, Centre 235 
" Advent, 235 
" Episcopal, Woodsville 
Cucumber story, 407 
Church-going, 360 
Cyclone, 397 

Dartmouth (;ollege, 209 

Davis, Noah 119 

" Judge Noah, 323 
" Darius K. 142 
" John L. 147 

Day, Charles H. 146 

Davidson, Geo. A. 148 

Death, First 56 

Deer, Keave 153 

Delano, Rev. Samuel 225 

Dentists, 309 

Disputed boundary, 383 

Drinking habits, 382 

Dow, Benjamin 148 
'■ Moses, 254 
" Moses, Jr. 2.58 
" Joseph E. 259 

Doctors, 287 

Duncan, Wm. H. 271 

East Haverhtll, 25 
Eastman, Wm. and family, 69 
" Eber, 69 



Eastman Oliver D. 307 

Earlv Settlers, domestic habits 

of "354 
Early Settlers, Houses of 355 

" Furniture of 357 

" Living; of 350 

Edgerly, Andrew J. 145 
Emery, Georjje 148 
Emerson, Jolin D. 226 
Elliott, Roswell 135 
Elkins, Jonathan 63 

" Col. Jonathan 64 

" Moses 324 

" Henry 64 
Egyptian Plague, 368 
Edson, Timothy A. 118 

" Mrs. Edson 118 
Education, 206 

Family, First 56 

Families, Number of 22 • 

Flanders, Chas. N. 324 

Fairs and Markets, 366 

Farm Products, 20 

Farman, Chester 121 
" Jeremiah 121 
" Samuel L. 121 

Farnsvvorth, D. L. 324 

Frary, Bev. Lucien H. 325 

Fleming, fiev. Archibald 225 

Felton, Nathan B. 274 

Few early Clearing on Oliverian, 

French, Richard 105 
David A. 148 

Fish, Salmon 137 

Fish, 367 

First Jersey Stock. 405 

First Vote for President and Gov- 
ernor, 155 

First Representative, 156 

First Saw mill at Hosmer Brook, 

Fire proof Vault, 161 

Founders, Character of 17 

Grantees, Names of 38 
Grantees common to Haverhill 

and Newbury, 40 
Gale, Charles A. 142 
Gray, Michael 326 

Game, 367 

Granite Quarries, 27 

Great Flood, 369 

Great Pines, 381 

Great Fire, 404 

Great Accident, 403 

Greeley, Eev. Edward H. 226 

George, Isaac K. 148 

Gibbs, Rev. Joseph 225 

Gibson, Chas. R. 307 

Griswold, Chas. B. 144 

Goodwin, Simeon 73 

Gookin, Samuel 101 
" Richard 102 
" Warren D. 326 

Good Templars, 417 

Glover, Truman W. 148 


Harriman, Jaaseel 47 
Hawkins, D. L. 149 
Hangings, 395 
Hale, Jonathan 73 

" Samuel 89 
Hazeltine, Maxi 72 
Hayward, 68 
Hayward, Benjamin 135 
" Nathaniel, 135 

" Alvah 135 

Ham, Levi B. 142 
Hazen, John 40, 42, 43 
" Moses 41 
" William 45 
Hayes, Henry 297 
Haverhill, Corner 23 
" Academy 81 

" Prominence of 165 

Exposure of 165 
" Troops at 168 

Scouts from 168 
" Threatened in 1776 169 

" Second threatening of 

Haverhill, Military road from 170 
" People of, wide awake 
Haverhill, Beef for troops at 171, 

Haverhill, Ammunition for troops 

at 171 
Haverhill, Domestic enemies at 

Haverhill, Alarm of 1781 at 174 
" Effects of War on 175 

Stage Center 197 



Haverhill in Way, 237 

" of Revolution, 237 

" of 1812, 241 

" of Rebellion, 242 

Haverhill, Lawvers of 250 

" Doctors of 287 

Haverhill Abroad, 310 
Heath, Simon B. 296 
Historic Farms, 379 
Howard, Joshua, and family 40 
Howland, Moses N. 309 
Horn, Amos 113 
Houses, The first 355 

" Furniture of 357 
Houses of Refuge, 370 
Horse Meadow, 373 
Hog Reeves, 374 
Huskings, 360 
Hurd, John 70 
Hutchins, Joseph 72 
Hunt, Caleb 140 

" Caleb Jr. 326 

" Horace 327 

" Prescott 327 

" Hellen 327 


Island, Howard's 27 

" Johnston's 
Intervals, 25 

C:lear 22, 43 
Indians, 31, 3G4 

" Surprised by 31 

" Carried away by 31 
Indian Trail, 31 

" Xanios, 303 


Jackson, Samuel 140 

Thomas B. 140 
John \V. 140 
JefFers, James 122 
" Josiah 122 

John 122 
•' Sylvester 122 
Johnston, Michael 42 

" ('has. and family, 74 

" JUchael Istaudfamilv 

Johnston, Michael 2nd and fam- 
ily, 82 
.Tohnston, Hale A. 269 
" Hannah 328 

Johnson, Thomas 47, 173 
" -Jesse 57 


Kent, Jacob 41 

" Col. Henry 41 
Kimball, Amos and family. 94 
" Jno. and family, 95 
" C. C. 129 
" Russell 128 

Peabodv W. 128 
" Chas. C. 129 
" Joseph P. 148 
Ezra S. 148 
John 328 
Kingsbury, Ephraim 115 
King, Heiiry F. 148 

Land, Division of .35 

" Clearing of 60 
Ladd, Ezekiel and familj-, 05 

" Ezekiel Jr. 65 

" Samuel 00 

" .John 06 

" David 00 

" James 06 

Samuel Jr. 60 
Law-suit, 154 
Leighton, Albert H. 149 
Leith, \Vm. H. 329 
Leonard, Henry B. 302 
Little, Moses 68 

Liberal off'er for Blacksmith, 177 
Tvibraries, 390 
Limestone, 27 

Lovewell's exploring party, 31 
Lovewell, Aim of 34 
I^ot, Meadow 39 

" Privileged 40 

" Gov. Wentworth's 40 

" Numbering of 40 

" Laying out of 151 

" Drawing of 151 
Lock, Elisha 58 
Local Names, 409 
Lombard poplars, 83 


Marriage. First 52 
Mails, 194 



Making Cider, 399 

Mansou, Alexander and family, 

MuClary, John 130 
Marston, Wm. C. 135 
Mann, Ezra B. 147 

" Edward F. 147 

" Melvin J. 149 

" Geo. H. 149 
Mattocks, Edward 298 
Masonry, 413 
Meadows, Names of 40 
Meader, Daniel W. 144 
Memorable contest, 163 
Merrill, Nath'l and family, 86 

" David 116 

" ■ Schuyler 116 

" Benjamin 116 
Abel K. 116 

" Henry 117 
Arthur 117 
John 117 
Daniel F. 118 
John L. 329 

" Benjamin 329 

" Charles H. 329 

" William 329 
Mill at North Haverhill, 180 
" at Brook, 178 
" First Saw jind Grist 44, 176 
Mill Privilege first granted, 177 
Mountains, 2.5 
Morse, Caleb 92 

" I-afayette 120 

" Isaac 120 

" Isaac S. 334 

" Jacob 120 

" Daniel 120 

" Stephen and family, 91 

" Dea. Morse 93 

" Geo. W. 332 

" Peabody 331 

" John N. 92 

" John 121 

" Joshua 92 

" Eobert 336 

" Joseph B. 323 

'• Edmund 93 

" Luther C. 284 

" Bryan aud family, 92 
Muster day, 360 

Name, Origin of .20 
Newspapers, 391 

Newcomb, Charles 308 
Nelson, William H. 143 
" John 260 

Thomas L. .337 
Niles, Joseph B. 130 
" Alonzo F. 337 
" Horace L. 338 
Nichols, Jonathan S. 134 
Geo. B. 338 
Nellie P. 3.39 
Clara I. 339 
North Haverhill, 24 
Noyes, Timothy and family, 110 
" Person 110, 339 
'• Benjamin 110 
Horace E. 110 
" Eoyal H. 110 

Ores and Minerals, 27 
Odd Fellows, 416 
Osgood, John 96 
Old Debt, 158 
Olcott Edward, E. 269 

Pattie, John 42 

Page, John and family, 51 

" Hannah Green 52 

" David 279 

" Samuel 55 
, " Samuel T. 284 

" Samuel B. 284 

'• William H. 55 

" Moses S. 340 

" John A. 339 
Palmer, Haven 304 
Parker, Enoch G. 147 
Paper Currency, 155 
Paring bee, 359 
Patriarchs Militant, 417 
Pearson, Joseph and family, 89 
" Isaac and family, 89 
James H. 341 
Phelps, Martin 289 
Pike Station, 25 
Pike Isaac and family, 125 

" Alonzo F. 126 

" A. F. Mfg Co. 180 

" Isaac Jr., 127 

■' Edwin B. 127 

" Chas. W. 128 

" Burns H. 128 



Pike, Chas. J. 128 
" Oscar B. 128 
" Samuel P. 342 
Pigeons, 369 

Piermont Boundary dispute, 383 
Pine Grove Farm, 415 
Pond, French 27 
" Long, 27 
" Woods 27 
Porter, Asa 82 

William 84 
John 258 
Polls, Number of 22 
Powers' Exploring Party, 32 
Powers, Aim of 34 
" Joseph, 144 
" Rev. Peter 173, 220 
" Grant 223 

Elizabeth A. 342 
Mary VV. 342 
Hemielle M. 342 
" Geo. C. 342 
Population, 22 

" Influx of 35 

" In 17fi-, .57 

Poor, The 374 

" Care of 158 
Poor Farm, 160 
Powder House, 398 
Putnam, A. W. 139 
" Geo. F. 2S2 

Question of Conscience, 157 


Keding, Jno. K. 133 
" .Silvester 134 
Warren 134 
John 343 
Keligion and Churches, 217 
■' in Colonial Times, 218 
" Protest against, 219 
Record Book, 152 
River, Connecticut 25 
" Ammonnsuc26 
" Oliverian 26 
Rixes, "Major" 131 
" John L. 131 
" Nathaniel 131 
Roads and Bridges, 28, 185, 194 
" First, only bridle-paths, 185 
" From Plymouth, 186 

Roads, Portsmouth, 187 
•' First mention of in Propri- 
etors' Records, 187 
First into Town, 187 
River, 188 
(Jhauge of, 188 
Imperfect, 190 
Character of, 191 
Grades of, 191 
Rail, 192 
Rodgers, Levi 343 

" Carleton .343 
Rowell, Jno. 13, 1.35 

" Jonathan H. 344 
" Chester 345 
Russell, Moor and family, 100 
" David Moor 100 

AVm. W. and family, 101 
Alfred 101 
William W. 101 
" Frank W. 101 
Walter W. 101 
Charles J. 101 

Stark, John, 31 
Sprague, Alden 256 
Sanders, Jonathan 58 
Swasev, Obadiah and family, 98 
" " SamuelTO 
" Chai-les J. 99 
Nathaniel 100 
" John H. 100 
Swan, Joshua 97 
" William 97 
" Charles 98 
" Israel 98 
'• Charles J. 98 
" Phineas 98 
'■ Henry 98 
Spalding, Phineas 292 
Sabbath, Observance of 62 
'• Traveling on 157 
Stages, 195 
Stage Drivers, 197 

" Drinking habits of 

Settlements, River 109 
" Back 109 

Settlers, First White 42 
" Living of 3.58 
" Drinking habits of 382 
Scenery, 20 

" Longfellow's view of 21 
Stevens, Simeon 47 



Stevens, Parker 105 
" Caleb 105 
" Grove S. 143 
" George W. 143 
" Lymah D. 315 
Special Choice of Selectmen, 157 
Searle, Moses C. 226 
Sleeper, Jonas D. 277 
Steamboats, 398 
Simpson, Thomas 73 
Smith, Eleazer 137 
" Charles G. 187 
" Chas. B. 147 
" Kev. Ethan 222 
" Rev. John 223 
" Lyndan A. 347 
" Stephen S. 317 
" Carlos 347 
" Frank A. 347 
Stickney, Seth P. 148 
Southards, Moses 129 
" Aaron 129 

" Lyman M. 129 

" Samuel F. 130 

Stowe, Amos 132 
" Joseph, 132 
" William P. 348 
Stoddard, Eugene W. 228 
Soil, 27 

Sloan, David 262 
Stone, Uriah 61 
Scott, Amasa 290 

" Quincy A. 149 
Soap Stone, 27 
Soper, Horace O. 345 
Store at Corner, 182 
" at Brook, 183 
" at jSTo. Haverhill, 183 
" at Pike Station, 183 
" at East Haverhill, 183 
" at Woods ville, 183 
School Troubles, 160 
" Houses, 207 
" Centres, 209 
Schools, Early 206 

'•■ First Money for 206 
First districting of 206 
Re-districting of 206 
Graded, 207 
" At Corner, 208 

at Woodsville, 208 
" Liberality for 208 
" Dartmouth College, 209 
" Academy, 211 
Soldiers Monument, 162 

" in War of Revolution, 

Soldiers in War of 1812, 241 
" in Mexican War, 241 
" in War of Rebellion, 242 

in 2nd Reg., 242 
" in 4th Reg., 243 
" in 5th Reg., 244 
in 9th Reg., 245 
" in 11th Reg., 246 
in 15th Reg., 248 
in 18th Reg., 249 
in First Heavy Artil- 
lery, 250 
" In First Cavalry, 251 
Sugar Making, 359 

Taplin, John 65 
Tarleton, William 105 
" Josiah B. 348 
" George W. 349 
" James M. 349 
" Horace 349 
" Thos. G. 349 

Albert 349 
" Amos 349 
Taverns, 198 

" of olden times, 202 

Famous 203 
" News Center of 203 
" First Families Kept 204 
Taxes first abated, 153 
Treasurer, First 153 
Teams, 201 

Tenney, Homer H. 302 
Teaming, 400 
Time,-Changes, 354 
Ty thing-man, 374 
Towle, Simeon and family, 114 
" Henry 114 
" Edvirard 114 
" Susan E. 114 
" Emily H. 115 
" Frederick 350 
" James H. 350 
Town and Proprietors Meeting, 

First 150 
Town Officers, First 150 

" First full list of 

Town Officers, Character of 163 
Town Meeting, First Annual 151 

" Places of 155 

Town, Area of 22 
" Expenses, 152 
" Work, Wages for 152 



Town on State of Country, 159 

" House, 160 

" Duty of 162 

" General progress of 177 
Troublesome Persons, 156 
Two Classes, 354 
Two Great Plagues, 393 
Thompson, Charles E. 279 
Trotter, William 91 
Tucker, E. D. 146 

Vermont Union, 3S7 
Villages, 23 


Water-power, 28 

" Storage, 28 

' ' On Ollverian 179 
Warren, Luther 135 

•' George 135 
Waif, 155 
War of 1812, 159 

" EebeUion, 161 
Watson, Henry P. 306 
Wesson, Ephraim 73 
Wells, Caleb 145 
Wheeler, Glazier 104 
Weeks, Enoch R. 143 

'■• Moses M. 143 

" C. M. 147 
Webster, David 110 

" Stephen P. Ill 

Webster, Mrs. Ill 

" James P. Ill 
John V. 112 
Caleb 112 
" Samnel C. 274 
Westgate, Nathaniel W. 281 

'^ William F. 286 
Wetherbee, Mvron S. 309 
White, John 68 

" Samuel 287 
Wilson, Nathaniel 114 
" Geo. L. 114 
" Nathaniel 350 
Edward B. 352 
Wilmot, Timothy and family, 122 

" Harvey B. 352 
Whitney, Augustus, 142 
Whitcher, Ira, 147 
" David, 147 

Daniel, 147 
William F. 352 
Wild Animals etc. 367 
Wood, Eev. Henrv, 224 
Woods, John L. 146 
" John L., Jr. 352 
" Frank P. 353 
Woodsville, 24, 180 
Woodward, James and family, ,59 
" Chas. B. M. 123 

" George 259 

Young, Joshua and family, 94 
" John 94 
" Tryphena 94 


These sheets are added for the convenience of those who 
may be interested in noting important events of the Town as 
they occur. 

Dr. John BEtt, 

41 Harvard Street,